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The MIGDEVRI Program

The MIGDEVRI (MIGration, DEVelopment and Regional Integration) program initiated by LASDEL for 2015-2016 aims to set up scientific and professional discussions among the West African French- and English-speaking worlds, on the links between migration, mobility and development, by putting emphasis on original and empirical researches. Each workshop is organised as a 3-days intensive workshop, for about 30 participants (researchers, high level scholars, public decision makers, etc.). The workshop is structured in four sessions: (a) Migration policies of the host country: (b) Migration and mobility practices in ECOWAS countries; (c) Regional integration barriers; (d) Ongoing researches in African related to these themes. The program is based on a cycle of four multidisciplinary workshops that will take place in Benin (June 2015), Nigeria (December 2015), Burkina-Faso (June 2016) and Niger (December 2016); and includes junior residency fellowship for advanced students and young researchers interested in these topics in order to renew and develop their competences.


The MIGDEVRI conferences aim to establish meaningful exchanges between researchers, practitioners and public officials around migration and sub-regional mobility within the ECOWAS community. It focuses on South-South mobility that is largely neglected by scientific research to date. There are five research themes: (i) South-South mobility and West-African higher education; (ii) Mobility and informal sectors; (iii) Mobility and sub-regional economic and financial exchanges; (iv) Mobility brakes and hassles; and (v) Mobility and family strategies.

Other related aspects of mobility and development may also be explored, such as the links between mobility and sub-regional security, their influence on local or national development, cross-border trade of women, women and mobility, etc.