African Perspectives on Human Mobility: research findings now available
- 6 October 2011
This programme explored alternative conceptions of human mobility based on empirical research undertaken by partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Morocco and Nigeria
The researchers uncovered some of the everyday experiences and practices of migration and mobility across Africa, beyond the common headlines about Africans migrating to Europe:
Sub-Saharan immigrants to the Moroccan city of Fès, looking for a 'new life', could be described as 'lifestyle migrants' in much the same way as Westerners who move to North Africa looking for adventure.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is usually associated with refugees fleeing violence, but the the city of Lubumbashi is actually a destination for migrants from all over the world looking to make a living and develop their business networks.
Traders from Nigeria and Ghana go to Asia to source products to sell in African markets - but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to migrate to Asia permanently.
Detailed research findings
Follow the links below to read the overall synthesis report and individual country reports. You can also access some of the datasets.
Final synthesis report: Migration, Mobility and the African City
Policy briefing on collaborative research: IMI Policy Briefing 10