1st Edition

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

By Belachew Gebrewold, Tendayi Bloom Copyright 2016
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.