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Africa, Migration and Development: The Lagos Women of Bamenda Grassfields, Cameroon

  • Walter Gam Nkwi
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 71)

Abstract

This chapter is about migration and its development implications for Africa. Migration is a major issue affecting Africa whether through mass emigration, immigration, remittances, policy backlashes or conflicts. Another major issue, however, is the poor historicity of many existing works on migration and Africa. This chapter will therefore adopt a richly contemporary historical approach to understanding the nexus of migration and development in Africa. An empirical case study approach is also adopted through returned female migrants in Bamenda Grassfields, Cameroon, who lived in Lagos in the 1940s. This is to link the recent gendered migration paths of Africa to the current situations for very enriching chaptered discourse of the problematic. The return of the female migrants in Bamenda Grassfields, Cameroon in this subregion saw the introduction of new things and thus further distinguished them from their peers not only because they had introduced new things but because these led to the development of the region. The chapter has the following broad research questions: What are the mobility norms and discourses around migration in Africa? What are the migration norms, values and trajectories of women in the region? What was considered the norm in terms of women moving with or without a male (husband or chaperone)? What were/are the socioeconomic conditions they left behind and after their sojourn and what type of a society did they find on their return. Did/does migrants’ return intervention fit in with the broader social processes taking place at the time? What specific conditions trigger migration and return?

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BueaBueaCameroon

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