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The MIGDEVRI Program
The MIGDEVRI (MIGration, DEVelopment and Regional Integration) program initiated by LASDEL for 2015-2016 aims to set up scientific and professional discussions among the West African French- and English-speaking worlds, on the links between migration, mobility and development, by putting emphasis on original and empirical researches. Each workshop is organised as a 3-days intensive workshop, for about 30 participants (researchers, high level scholars, public decision makers, etc.). The workshop is structured in four sessions: (a) Migration policies of the host country: (b) Migration and mobility practices in ECOWAS countries; (c) Regional integration barriers; (d) Ongoing researches in African related to these themes. The program is based on a cycle of four multidisciplinary workshops that will take place in Benin (June 2015), Nigeria (December 2015), Burkina-Faso (June 2016) and Niger (December 2016); and includes junior residency fellowship for advanced students and young researchers interested in these topics in order to renew and develop their competences.
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The MIGDEVRI conferences aim to establish meaningful exchanges between researchers, practitioners and public officials around migration and sub-regional mobility within the ECOWAS community. It focuses on South-South mobility that is largely neglected by scientific research to date. There are five research themes: (i) South-South mobility and West-African higher education; (ii) Mobility and informal sectors; (iii) Mobility and sub-regional economic and financial exchanges; (iv) Mobility brakes and hassles; and (v) Mobility and family strategies.
Other related aspects of mobility and development may also be explored, such as the links between mobility and sub-regional security, their influence on local or national development, cross-border trade of women, women and mobility, etc.