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Challenges for African Foreigners in African Cities: Cases of Lome and Accra

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Abstract:

This chapter is based on a consideration of the role of foreigners in Accra (Ghana) and Lome (Togo). Socially and politically, the statistics on the number of foreigners is ambiguous within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region. The strong mobility of the ECOWAS population raises the question of how these foreigners negotiate their insertions and their citizenships. The paradoxical situations of foreigners in the cities consist in not claiming ethnic areas but most of the time being scattered around the cities, though hosts identify and make them visible in representation and stigmatization. What consequences are provoked by this paradox for the foreigners’ identities? Focusing on Accra and Lome, what processes determine the integration of African migrants in West African cities?

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5848/CSP.0804.00006

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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