Panel 14

Migration TO Africa: movements and concepts

Panel organisers: Martin Doevenspeck and Asaf Augusto


Scholarship on international migration is dominated by concepts that focus on South-North migration. In the global political and economic context since the World War II, other population movements such as South-South, did not feature much in mobility studies. In Post-independence Africa, factors such as economic decline and political instability reinforced an existing understanding of Africa as ‘sending continent’, despite its long and complex migratory dynamics. However, new geo-economic dynamics had encouraged new forms of migration, among them, for example, Chinese migration to Africa and Portuguese migration to former colonies on the continent. Established migration theory struggles to explain these new mobility patterns. For this panel we invite papers that empirically and conceptually analyse historic and recent migratory dynamics TO Africa.

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