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Understanding Migrant Decisions
From Sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean Region

ISBN 9781138361201
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Considering how changing conditions in the Mediterranean Region have affected the decisions of those considering migrating from Sub-Saharan Africa to or through the Region, this book represents an important and overdue contribution to international policy-making and academic discourse. In current discussions relating to this migration phenomenon, the complexity of individual decision-making are left unacknowledged and hence subsequent policy responses draw upon simplified models. In this volume, individual decision-making takes central stage by bringing together contributions demonstrating very different types of decision-making frameworks.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Migrant Decisions: From Sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean Region

Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom

Chapter One: Insecurity and Migration from the Horn of Africa

Belachew Gebrewold

Chapter Two: Liminality and Migrant Decision-Making in the Aftermath of the Political and Refugee Crises in the Mediterranean, 2010-2013

Pedro Marcelino, Maria Ferreira and Natalia Lippmann Mazzaglia

Chapter Three: Contested views of the causes of rural to urban migration amongst pastoralists in Niger

Julie Snorek

Chapter Four: Autonomy in Times of War? The Impact of the Libyan Crisis on migratory decisions

Delf Rothe and Mariam Salehi

Chapter Five: Privatised Migration Management in the Mediterranean Region and Sub-Saharan Migration Decision-Making

Tendayi Bloom

Chapter Six: Navigating the Eastern Mediterranean: The Diversification of sub-Saharan African Migration Patterns in Turkey and Greece

Marieke Wissink and Orçun Ulusoy

Chapter Seven: Morocco as a destination for labour migrants? Experiences of Sub-Saharan migrants in the call centre sector

Silja Weyel

Chapter Eight: Gendered Differences in Migration and Return: Perspectives from Ethiopia

Sarah Langley

Chapter Nine: ‘Living without Possibility’: The Implications of the Closure of an Autonomous Space created by Undocumented Sub-Saharan Metal Scrap Collectors in Barcelona, Spain

Sophie Ramløv Barclay and Ann Laudati

Chapter 10: ‘You make a decision and you start your journey’: reflections of a Ghanaian economic migrant and founder of the NGO, CEHDA

Iddrisu Wari

Chapter 11:Conclusions and Recommendations

Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom

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Belachew Gebrewold is Professor of international relations and head of department of social work and social policy at Management Center Innsbruck, an Entrepreneurial School. His research areas are international security, conflicts and migration.

Tendayi Bloom co-edited this book as a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University's Macmillan Center, in the Global Justice Program, exploring aspects of noncitizenship, statelessness, migration and justice.


"This volume creates a deeper understanding of the root causes and the reasons for migration contributing to the current refugee crisis. It is a must read for all who want to learn more about one of the biggest challenges humanity faces as a result of deteriorating living conditions for so many." - Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Sweden.