The Somali Diaspora
The Somalia Strategy Forum serve as a liaison between Somalis back home and throughout the world. The Somalia Strategy Forum encourages the active involvement of the diaspora in socioeconomic activities the improve the public image of Somalia. The Somalia Strategy Forum creates an opportunity for the diaspora to contribute their expertise, knowledge, and creativity to the task of developing human capacity and investment in Somalia.

The top five nations that the Somalia diaspora calls home include the United States, United Kingdom, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and some other European countries. Somalis have been living outside of Somalia for the past three decades and can be found in every part of the world today. Over the years, the Somali diaspora has acquired the knowledge and skills ranging from technology, business, health care, and management that are vital to the nation’s development.

Somalis left the country in large groups during the 70’s and 80’s, but the rate of emigration accelerated after the 90’s The migration of Somali’s has contributed to "Somalia's Brain Drain," as the best and brightest of the country left for a variety of reason. Today, Somalis are one of the largest populations of Africans immigrants in the West.

Remittances from the Somali diaspora contribute significantly to country’s economy. The money they send home helps stabilize foreign exchange demand and provide employment opportunity for the locals. But just like any other African community, most of these remittances are used for consumption of food, clothing, education, health care, etc. by family members in Somalia.

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