Migration drivers and migration choice: interrogating responses to migration and development interventions in West Africa

Richard Black, Alice Bellagamba, Ester Botta, Ebrima Ceesay, Dramane Cissokho, Michelle Engeler, Audrey Lenoel, Christina Oelgemoller, Bruno Riccio, Papa Sakho, Abdoulaye Wotem Sompare, Elia Vitturini, Guido Zingari

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Abstract

The notion of migration as being at least partly about ‘choice’ is deeply rooted in both academic thought and public policy. Recent contributions have considered migration choice as step-wise in nature, involving a separation between ‘aspiration’ and ‘ability’ to migrate, whilst stressing a range of non-economic factors that influence migration choices. But such nuances have not prevented the emergence of a significant area of public policy that seeks to influence choices to migrate from Africa through ‘irregular’ channels, or at all, through a range of development interventions. This paper explores evidence from West Africa on how young people formulate the boundaries of such choice. Drawing on approaches in anthropology and elsewhere that stress the value of a ‘future-orientated’ lens, we show how present uncertainty is a central framing that fundamentally limits the value of thinking about migration as a choice. This has important implications for policy on ‘migration and development’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Number of pages18
JournalComparative Migration Studies
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research underpinning this paper was supported financially by the International Organization for Migration, as part of the ‘Safety, Support and Solutions: Phase 2’ (SSSII) programme, which was in turn funded by DFID (now FCDO).

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© 2022, The Author(s).

Keywords

  • Migration
  • Development
  • Choice
  • Uncertainty
  • West Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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