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About Malawi

Demographics: Malawi’s economy is heavily based on agriculture, and it has a largely rural and rapidly growing population.

Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. Malawi has a population of over 18 million, with a growth rate of 3.32%, according to 2018 estimates. The population is forecast to grow to over 45 million people by 2050, nearly tripling the estimated 16 million in 2010.

Malawi’s population is made up of the Chewa, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, and Ngonde native ethnic groups, as well as populations of Asians and Europeans.

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Why Malawians Relocate to the Diaspora

The decision to migrate in Malawi has often been a response to a combination of several factors, including economic, social and political and environmental factors such as poverty, landlessness and economic dislocations.

These factors are also often linked to factors such as trade, urbanisation and the growth of administrative sectors, agriculture, land degradation and rural poverty to induce migration, both internal and international.

Body Repatriation for Malawians in the Diaspora

Blantyre and Lilongwe Airports are the airports in Malawi that do receive repatriated bodies.

Cost of repatriating a dead body to Malawi. 

Repatriating a dead body is fairly expensive and much more expensive that repatriating cremated ashes. Flights usually used for repatriating deceased bodies are also more expensive than the alternative of shipping deceased ashes. 

For example the average cost of shipping a body from the UK to Malawi is £3200.

Requirements for repatriating a body to Malawi

  • A valid post mortem report
  • A Death Certificate
  • An Embalment and cremation certificate 
  • Malawi passport or Malawi issued permanent residence document 
  • Certificate of contents declaring contents of coffin (issued by funeral director).
  • Locally listed burial and/or transit permit
  • Embalmers’ (non-contagious) affidavit
  • Non-contagious disease letter from local health authority
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Documents mailed should include a self-addressed, trackable and stamped return envelope

For Cremated remains:

  • Certified copy of death certificate
  • Cremation certificate
  • Hermetically sealed container

Other Essentials for repatriating a body to Malawi. 

  • Note: All documents submitted must be in triplicate (Original and Two Photocopies)
  • Documents mailed should include a self-addressed, trackable and stamped return envelope
  • When in doubt, contact the Namibian Embassy in the repatriating country.

How long does it take to repatriate a body to Malawi?

  • It is difficult to know in advance the  timelines for repatriation to Malawi as repatriation can only take place after all documentation are in place. When the authorisation letter is issued, repatriation can take place anytime from 5 days to 20 days depending on the funeral directors’ logistics arrangements. 

Malawi Diaspora Population

According to Wikipedia, there are no reliable figures on how many Malawians live abroad. Populations of Malawians can be found in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Malawi Diaspora Remittances

According to a report by on remittances, Malawi has received remittances to the value of 37.6 million dollars as at 2016 data.

How Funds Are Remitted to Malawi

Channels used by most Malawians to send money back home to friends and relatives:

  1. World Remit
  2. Mpesa
  3. Remitly
  4. Wise (formerly known as Transferwise)
  5. Western Union

Reasons for sending remittances to Malawi

Remittances have become an important source for socio-economic equalizing and leveraging for many households and nations of the developing country. Migrants are said to have become the lifelines of their families back home.

Majority of the remittances sent home are primarily for upkeep of family members remaining in Malawi.

Malawi Connectivity

Most Malawians use internet applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and E-mails to communicate with their family back home. In most African countries, using data to make a call is much cheaper than it is to use mobile airtime to phone overseas. 

Below are the statistics on the internet users in Malawi and how widely spread Malawians are over the internet and on Social Media.

Internet users in Malawi

  • There were 3.45 million internet users in Malawi as at January 2021 
  • The number of internet users in Malawi increased by 639 thousand (+23%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • Internet penetration in Malawi stood at 17.8% in January 2021

Social Media Statistics for Malawi

  • There were 670 thousand social media users in Malawi in January 2021
  • The number of social media users in Malawi increased by 160 thousand (+31%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • The number of social media users in Malawi was equivalent to 3.5% of the total population in January 2021.

Mobile Connections in Malawi

  • There were 8.27 million mobile connections in Malawi in January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Malawi increased by 74 thousand (+0.9%) between January 2020 and January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Malawi in January 2021 was equivalent to 42.7% of the total population.

Note: many people have more than one mobile connection, so figures for mobile connections may exceed 100% of the total population.



Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in USA
2408 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tel: 202-721-0270


Malawi High Commission in the UK

Address: 36 John St, Holborn, London WC1N 2AT, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7421 6010

Website: Malawi High Commission UK

Malawi Consulate in Australia

Stawell Chambers, 495 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia

Tel: +61 3 99 88 77 66


Latest information on the status of Malawians living in the diaspora

For consulate and embassy information on Malawi, please contact Ministry of Foreign Affairs 


P.O Box 30315 Capital City,

Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Tel: +265 (0) 1 789 088/323