The Perceptions of Tanzanian Youths towards Cross-Border Marriages within East Africa: The Case of St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Arusha Centre

PaulPeter M. Makokha, Jacob W. Wakhungu


Cross-border marriages, referred to in this research study as transnational marriages, involved spouses from two different countries living together as husband and wife. The aim of this study was to unearth the perceptions of Tanzanian youths towards cross-border marriages within East Africa. The study sampled participants from one of the Kenya-Tanzania border towns, namely, Arusha. A sample size of 384 was drawn from St. Augustine University of Tanzania - Arusha Centre’s student population size of 780. Multiple research methods were used to collect data for this study. The findings indicate that 30 percent gave adverse views on cross-border marriages within East Africa while 48 percent had favourable views. However, 22 percent were unsure. We conclude that those who favoured cross-border marriages within East African were more than those who were against.

Key Words: Perceptions, Cross-Border Marriages, Arusha

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