Integration from the Beach: Insights from the Experiences of Artisanal Fishing Immigrants in Pointe-Noire City, Congo-Brazzaville

  • Gabriel Tati
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


Data gathered longitudinally through mixed methods illustrates how West African migrants in Pointe-Noire (Congo Brazzaville) use their position in artisanal fisheries to negotiate a “right to settle and work.” The study documents how their practices in a contested beach space create informal institutions that facilitate their collective attitude of national belonging. It highlights how practical aspects of integration are negotiated between immigrants and hosts at the ground—on the beach—rather than through formal policy frameworks. More specifically, it points to five important avenues through which this negotiation occurs: coalition building, mobilisation of institutional resources (both formal and informal), know-how positioning, balancing “togetherness” with “difference’, and the appropriation of space. It ultimately argues that in weakly regulated social and geographic sites, immigrants are able to find bottom-up means of integrating by entering the economic and housing spaces through informal activities and economic solidarity.


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  • Gabriel Tati
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  1. 1.Department of Statistics and Population StudiesUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa

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