"The everyday integration of migrants in Africa"

Open Lectures Winter 2013/14

  • Date: Jan 30, 2014
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Oliver Bakewell (International Migration Institute, University of Oxford)
  • Oliver Bakewell is Co-Director and James Martin Fellow at the International Migration Institute (IMI), University of Oxford. His current research focuses on migration, diasporas and global development; social theory and migration; African migration and borderlands. He holds a PhD and MSc in Development Studies and a BA in Mathematics.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
"The everyday integration of migrants in Africa"

For more details please contact buethe(at)mmg.mpg.de.

Drawing on research from Zambia, the African Great Lakes region and Morocco, I will look at how migrants have integrated themselves, either in the absence of or contrary to government policies. By establishing economic, social and cultural links with local residents, many immigrants have been able to establish a place in the society. I will argue that the complex mix of interests and negotiations which might be agreed below the level of the state – perhaps invisible to the state – may in practice, have much more significance for the lives of these migrants than the best efforts of states or international organisations.

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