The following paper draws inspiration from the four national state‐of‐the‐art papers, prepared as part of the ongoing research programme ‘African Perspectives on Human Mobility’. This programme aims to explore alternative conceptions of human mobility based on empirical research in Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The three year programme, co‐ordinated by the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, involves a series of empirical studies designed and conducted in partnership with research based in the following universities: The Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana; Département des Relations Internationales, Université de Lubumbashi/Katanga, République Démocratique du Congo; Equipe de Recherche sur la Région et la Régionalisation (E3R), Université Mohammed V, Maroc; Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The African Perspectives on Human Mobility Programme is supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation as part of its initiative on Global Migration and Human Mobility, which supports projects that aim to reshape perceptions of human mobility throughout the world.
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