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How Africa Can Adopt a Pan-African Migration and Development Agenda
by Robtel Neajai Pailey
This article was originally published on 25 February by the Africa Policy Journal. To read the full article, click here.
Although most African migration is voluntary, safe, orderly, and regular, policymakers tend to pander to popular narratives of an irregular “swarm” of African nationals invading the West. African migration occurs primarily within the continent, representing broader processes of political, economic, and social development by contributing to growth rates, promoting regional economic integration, and fostering trade, investment, commerce, knowledge transfer, and human contact. If harnessed properly, migration could further enhance productivity in agriculture, construction, mining, and services within the continent. Despite its potential, however, intra-Africa migration is hampered by restrictive policies including tight controls around visa access, rights of residency, employment, and citizenship for foreign African nationals. This article presents evidence-based scholarly research and policymaking on drivers, patterns and trends in African mobility, and makes concrete suggestions for how policymakers in the continent can design and implement pan-African migration policies that foster development.
Robtel is a Liberian academic, activist, and author of the anti-corruption children’s books Gbagba and Jaadeh! An earlier draft of this article was written when she served as Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 2017 to 2018. Visit www.robtelneajaipailey.com for more information.
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Networks and Advocacy Groups
Association Malienne des Expulsés (AME)
Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE)
Network of Migration Research on Africa (NOMRA)
International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)
Refugee Research Network (RRN)
The Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n)
Research and Higher Education Institutes
African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), Nairobi, Kenya
Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University, Canada
Centre for the Study of Forced Migration (CSFM), University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht, The Netherlands
International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)
Kenyatta University Centre for Refugee Studies and Empowerment (KU-CRSE), Nairobi, Kenya
Migration Policy Institute (MPI), Washington, USA
Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford, UK
Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), Cape Town, South Africa
Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), Brighton, UK