West Africa is a region of migration par excellence. However, contrary to the popular image of a dominant West African-European migration nexus, 90% of international migration from West Africa takes place within the region (IOM, 2021). In addition to these estimated 8 million international migrants, millions of people migrate within their country, temporally, seasonally or permanently.
Analyses of these mobilities either tend to focus on social and economic impacts in migrants' places of origin or at their destinations. By applying a translocal livelihood and mobility approach on the household level, our project focusses on the interlinkages and dynamics between these places. Hereby, we seek to better understand the drivers, practices, structures and processes of rural-urban and cross-border migration and their interconnected impacts for rural and urban settings. Focusing on Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria, we emphasize challenges on social, political and ecological levels such as land use and changing gender relations, the growth of urban agglomerations and environmental change.
This years lecture series on sustainabiity is coordinated by the Mitra|WA project, together with the sustainability office of the University of Passau.
Focus is on (sustainable) development and migration topics in West Africa. The lecture series will be partly held in German, partly in English language.
Everybody is welcome to join on selcted Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, HS 3, University of Passau.
From July 3rd till July 9th, a photo exhibition showing impressions from the field trip to Ghana was held at the University of Passau. Located in the hallway between the Philosophicum and Nikolakloster, the exhibition was freely accessible.
Please find the pictures and short stories on migration and development HERE.
MitTra-WA Annual Partner Meeting and Workshop at Kwame Nkruma University of Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, taking place from March 8th till 11th. Thanks everybody for joining!
This open access book, edited by our project member Prof. Joseph Teye (University of Ghana) provides an analysis of migration-related issues in the West African sub-region. It provides a historical analysis of many migration-related issues and examines the dynamics and impacts of international migration within and from West Africa.