June 2009
Politique Africaine;jui2009, Issue 114, p156
Academic Journal
West Africa and its cities have not escaped the recent academic interest for international migrations stirred by both state-sponsored research and fascination for transnational experiences. International migrants going North and the remittances they send to their country of origin have drawn too much attention, while internal migrations within African countries and Africa have been comparatively neglected. This article intends to bridge this gap, focusing on Bamako and Accra as case studies. It reveals the complex criss-crossing residential circulations, competitions among migrants over access to resources, especially over land, and the process by which migrants seek political legitimacy in cities.


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