Challenges for African Foreigners in African Cities: Cases of Lome and Accra
Author: Spire, Amandine
Source: Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System, Issue data not provided , pp. 106-122(17)
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
Publication date: January 1, 2009
- Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System
This book highlights global asymmetries by interfacing the notion of "one world" or "flat world" with the challenges thrown up by transnational migration, brain drain, citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, religion and ethnicity. It presents researches and discourses on globalization across disciplines and across regions, and fosters ongoing inquiry into important assumptions, beliefs and perspectives about the implications of globalization for Africa and Africans. Through illuminating narratives and copious explanations, this book assists readers to make sense of globalization and the position of Africa and Africans in it.
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