Authors: Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo*, SUNY Cortland
Topics: Africa, Migration, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: Transnational Migration, Africans, Race, Gender
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Prompted by economic downturns in African countries, there has been continuing large-scale outmigration of Africans to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Do experiences of transnational African migrants differ significantly from one geographical context to another? This paper examines origins and destinations of contemporary migration flows and the multiple motivations of transnational African migrants in the past decade, especially since the 2008 financial crisis up to the present. While the rise of anti-immigrant attitudes in Europe and North America signal adverse implications for Africans and people from countries in the Global South, the analysis differentiates among immigration policies that are hostile or ambivalent, and policies that make particular destinations accessible to African migrants. The study investigates spaces and settings where the outlook for African male and female migrants include safe, meaningful and stable livelihoods.