Migration within developing areas

Some African perspectives on mobility

Authored by: Oliver Bakewell

Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138794313
eBook ISBN: 9781315759302
Adobe ISBN: 9781317638773


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Migration statistics are notoriously contentious, but by any reckoning, there is a mismatch between the volume of academic and policy attention and the scale of migration flowing in many migration corridors. In particular, there is a strong bias towards the analysis of migration directed towards the wealthy regions of the world, while movement between poorer regions is frequently neglected. In recent years, this has been recognised and there is a growing volume of work on migration between developing areas – often referred to as ‘South-South migration’ (Anich et al. 2014; De Lombaerde et al. 2014). This focus on neglected areas of the world is very welcome; however, I suggest that framing it as a distinctive form of migration to be contrasted to South-North movement can be misleading and counter-productive. Drawing on examples, primarily from the African continent, I argue that there are important lessons to be learnt from the exploration of movement between different low- and middle-income countries.

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