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Investigating the relationship between family and migration in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city

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Research objectives

1) To understand the conditions under which migrants in Ouagadougou decide either to bring their spouse and/or their children to join them or to start new families in the city;

2) To analyse the living conditions facing migrants’ families in Ouagadougou and how they become integrated into the city;

3) To examine which factors result in the migrants and/or their family members leaving Ouagadougou and returning to their former place of residence.


Reaching these research objectives will rely on a mixed methods approach, using both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data come from the Ouagadougou Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Ouaga HDSS), collected every year by the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population of the University of Ouagadougou since 2008. Qualitative interviews will be carried out with migrants coming from rural areas, from urban areas, and from abroad, in both formal and informal areas.


This research project will be undertaken together with the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) of the University of Ouagadougou. Researchers from both centres will be involved in the quantitative and qualitative analyses.

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