3.5 million migrants from Burkina Faso live in Ivory Coast and many of them have been there for 20 to 30 years. NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen studies how they have integrated into their new country. He is critical of the oversimplified view on migration that he often finds in the public debate.
Many of those labelled as economic migrants are forced to leave their homes because of poverty. There is no other option. On the other hand, some of those labelled as refugees often have several choices to make.
NAI researcher Jesper Bjarnesen