Research on international migration within sub-saharan Africa: Foci, approaches, and challenges

Victor Agadjanian

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This article reviews the state of research on international migration within sub-Saharan Africa. It examines the international migration systems that have emerged on the subcontinent, especially in Southern and Western Africa, as well as issues pertaining to gender and migration and to migrants' incorporation in host societies. Special attention is given to conflict-induced migration and to implications of international migration for health, with a particular emphasis on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite the large volume and diversity of international migration in the subcontinent, the literature on the subject remains scarce and disconnected from the body of international migration research in other settings. The review identifies causes of this mismatch and discusses ways to mainstream the subcontinent's migration problematique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-421
Number of pages15
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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