Closure of the UNU-CRIS AMIREG project with conclusions

Discussing EU-African cooperation on migration most often happens from a Eurocentric perspective. But what do African states want in the migration field? What are their interests and positions vis-à-vis the EU’s agenda?

The UNU-CRIS AMIREG project African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics has explored this. The project elaborated on what drives African actors and African migration by conducting extensive field-work and numerous interviews in Ghana and Senegal. The closure event will present the key findings of the project with policy recommandations.


When: Wednesday 3 April 2019 - 18:00-19:30

Where: United Nations University CRIS - Potterierei 72, 8000 Brugge

Registration via The event will be followed by a small reception



Presentation of the research results by the project team:

Prof. Ilke Adam and Prof. Florian Trauner (Political Science Professors at VUB) -  Prof. Ilse Ruyssen (Professor in Economics, UGent) - Dr. Sara Salomone (post-doctoral project researcher)  and Leonie Jegen (project researcher)

Discussion of the research results by:

Omar Ba - former coordinator of African Platform (Belgium), historian and diversity consultant

Ndey Haddy Jeng - Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia in Brussels

Kumut Imesh - refugee and documentary maker (who made a film of his migration ‘Revenir’ -  founder and president of ACSORE - Actions of Solidarity for Refugees, France



Prof Ilke Adam and Prof. Florian Trauner, political science professors at the VUB Institute for European Studies (IES). At IES they coordinate the research group on migration and diversity. Their research interests are immigration and integration (policy) from the international to the local level.

Ilke Adam (Dutch, English, French) - 0475 38 87 27 -

Florian Trauner (German, English, French, Dutch) - 0485 246 551 -


UNU-CRIS AMIREG project -  African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics

The AMIREG project is divided in two Work Packages which look respectively at the root causes of migration from Africa and multi-level migration governance in West Africa, particularly in Ghana and Senegal.

Work Package 1: providing a deeper understanding of the root causes of migration with a specific focus on the role of financial incentives and constraints. It also looks to identify the effectiveness of, and scope for, regional agreements to ease mobility responses to such geo-localized shocks. Both economic and non-economic determinants are being explored by exploiting an original suitable micro dataset which has not been largely explored in the academic literature yet.

Work Package 2: understanding the interest in, and the consequences of, a tighter regulation of mobility in West Africa as opposed to non-regulation. Moreover, AMIREG intends to investigate to what extent the regulatory agenda of intra-African migration is a product of interactions with external actors such as the EU (and its Member States) or the United Nations. The second work package moves beyond a purely empirical focus and develops a systematic and comparative case study design by focusing on migratory and regulatory issues in Senegal and Ghana. The two countries are relevant from the perspective of intra-African immigration and (international) emigration.





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