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WP23 published: Les migrations internationales en Afrique de l’Ouest

Apr 15, 2010


In West Africa, international migration today inspires multi-level dynamics of regionalisation which, without losing their local roots, are linked to the globalization of contemporary forms of migration. The phenomenon of globalization is thus not univocal and does not replace the process of regionalization; on the contrary, both are increasingly related by routes, temporary living spaces, new practices and players.

The objective of this study is to assess the evolution of migration processes in West Africa, from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, and the induced spatial changes; to understand the diversification and the rise of actors who animate the current dynamics; and to examine the law which attempts to match a single legal standard against the "superabundance" of social categories and the increasingly flexible profiles of migrants.


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