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1st Edition

The Human Cost of African Migrations

ISBN 9780415802390
Published March 6, 2009 by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

In an era of globalization, population growth, and displacements, migration is now a fact of life in a constantly shifting economic and political world order. This book contributes to the discourse on the beneficiaries, benefactors, and the casualties of African displacement. While the few existing studies have emphasized economic motivation as the primary factor triggering African migration, this volume treats a range of issues: economic, socio-political, pedagogical,  developmental, and cultural. Organized with a multidisciplinary thrust in mind, this book argues that any discussion of African migration, whether internal or external, must be conceived as only one aspect of a more complex, organic, and global patterning of "flux and reflux" necessitated by constantly shifting dynamics of world socio-economic, cultural, and political order.

Table of Contents

Introduction Toyin Falola & Niyi Afolabi  Part 1: Migrations and Health Issues  1. Migration and Health in Africa and the African Diaspora Kathryn H. Jacobsen  2. Discourse of Health Risks and Anti-Racial Diversity in the Media Coverage of the Non-Ebola Panic Charles Adeyanju  3. "Predatory Globalization?": The World Trade Organization, General Agreement on Trade in Services, and Migration of African Health Professionals to the West Obijiofor Aginam  4. Searching the World: Following Three Graduating Classes of a Nigerian Medical School Ike Anya, Chikwe Ihekweazu and Enyi Anosike  5. The Group of Twenty Nurses and the Pan African Struggle for Liberation Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu  Part 2: Human Trafficking and Exploitation  6. Trafficking of Young Women and Girls: A Case of "Au Pair" and Domestic Laborers in Tanzania Elinami Veraeli Swai  7. Emerging Issues in the Trafficking of African Women for Prostitution Victor Nnamdi Opara  8. Trafficking Contracts: Myth or Reality?: Re-Examination of Consent in Human Trafficking Victor Nnamdi Opara  Part 3: Migration and Education  9. School Migration: A Major Concern in Historically Disadvantaged Schools in South Africa Myra Maboya  10. Pushing and Pulling: Western Education’s Impact on Women’s Subjugation in Ghana Jamaine Abidogun  Part 4: Refugees, Displacement and Re-Settlement  11. Peoples Without Homes: Displacement and Security Situation in Africa Bukola Adeyemi Oyeniyi  12. Determinants of Ethiopian Refugee Flow in the Horn of Africa, 1970-2000 Solomon Addis Getahun  13. Refugees as Rational Actors: The Case of Protracted Sudanese Refugees in Northern Uganda Samantha Paxton

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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Niyi Afolabi is Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


"Overall, the book offers an excellent collection of essays on the location of Africa in global migrations. Its multidisciplinary approach is a welcome development vis-à-vis the mainly economic deterministic analysis of migration by other scholars... This fine edited book will certainly register its powerful influences in high and low academic, advocacy and public policy circles. I strongly recommend it as an indispensable companion to all interested in a thorough, original and comparative study of African migrations in global perspective."

--J. Shola Omotola, Redeemer’s University, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies