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Emergent Dynamics in Female Migration in West Africa

  • Timothy Abayomi Atoyebi


In recent times, women have been increasingly engaged in migration, in spite of the risks and challenges involved. The study examines the history of women’s migration in West Africa, paying particular attention to Ejigbo-Yoruba women in Côte d’Ivoire. In order to earn income, alleviate poverty and create support platforms for family welfare, Ejigbo-Yoruba women from Nigeria have used migration as a coping mechanism. The study examined the prevalent trends of women’s migration, its implications and the ongoing trends from the perspective of the data collected by means of a qualitative methodology. The study concludes that the functionality of inter-regional mobility as practised by Ejigbo-Yoruba women migrants should be utilised as a platform for reducing poverty and fostering growth and development within the sub-region.


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  • Timothy Abayomi Atoyebi
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyBowen UniversityIwoNigeria

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