Over the last few years, the international agenda on migration has been particularly intense. Regular meetings between Africa and Europe, such as in Rabat (July 2006), Tripoli (November 2006) and Paris (November 2008) exemplify
this. Within this context, the Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) Common Approach on Migration, adopted in January 2008, confirmed the need for a coordinated regional response. Indeed, 90% of West African migration
is intra‐regional. This publication presents contributions by international experts on various aspects of West African migration. It provides a contrasting perspective to current debates which essentially focus on security issues. This rather non‐institutional
approach promotes a constant dialogue based on analyses of the actual situation: the authors encourage "win‐win" mobility for all parties involved (Europe, North Africa and West Africa), whether it be a host, transit or departure country.