At the turn of the year 2006, the Senegalese coast became one of the points of departure of "cayucos" to the Canary Islands. While readmission agreements between Spain and Senegal are at the center of diplomatic concerns, the argument of development versus control of migration flows is taken up by the Senegalese government to negotiate with counterparts from the Spanish authorities. Beyond these political negotiations, this paper will seek to show how the argument of development is also a central element in the in the stock of arguments of associations of returnees who, in Senegal, are seeking to gain visibility in the social arena and acquire a number of resources.
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