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Migration, Youth, and Land in West Africa: Making the Connections Work for Inclusive Development

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African Studies Centre Leiden, Leiden University, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands
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Royal Tropical Institute, 1092AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Human Geography & Planning, Utrecht University, 3584 CB Utrecht, The Netherlands
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VNG International, 2500GK The Hague, The Netherlands
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Received: 22 February 2019 / Revised: 2 April 2019 / Accepted: 4 April 2019 / Published: 8 April 2019
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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a short-term research project conducted in 2017/2018 on the various ways in which migration and land dynamics in West Africa are intertwined. Contrary to much conventional (policy) thinking in the European Union (EU) today, our point of departure is not that migration is the problem to be solved – nor that (access to) land is the straightforward means to discouraging migration. Drawing on local case studies in four West African countries, this research aims to shed light on the various relationships between migration and land, and to analyze to what extent they may contribute to or obstruct (local) inclusive and sustainable development in Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Benin. In doing so, we aim to offer food for thought concerning possible ways for making the connection between migration and land more fruitful and productive for as many people as possible, especially in relation to the opportunities and constraints facing different categories of West African youth. View Full-Text
Keywords: migration; land governance; youth; West Africa migration; land governance; youth; West Africa
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Kaag, M.; Baltissen, G.; Steel, G.; Lodder, A. Migration, Youth, and Land in West Africa: Making the Connections Work for Inclusive Development. Land 2019, 8, 60.

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