Migration Blues
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Akosua Biraa
March 2019
Contributor
Written by
Akosua Biraa
March 2019

Last month, I had the good fortune of attending a workshop held in the Nouvel African Queen hotel in Assinie, Ivory Coast. The three-day workshop, entitled Governance, Migration and Social Media in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Prospects, was hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Abidjan. The main thrust of the event was for participants to collectively come to a better understanding of migration trends and issues within (and beyond) West Africa, with a view to comprehend the enormity of illegal migration, as well as the implications it has for national and regional governance. Together, we were also tasked with thinking about how social media could serve as a useful tool for sensitization around those issues, with a goal to curb such migration in the long run.

 

As one of over twenty bloggers from both anglophone and francophone West Africa, it was a true privilege to be selected—with Lily Edinam Botsyoe—to represent Ghana at this auspicious and timely event, in which we were able to learn much, while making many rich connections with blogging colleagues from across our numerous national (and socially-constructed) borders.

 

What was clear to us by the end of those three days, is that increased migratory flow is very much a twenty-first century phenomenon. For we live in a world in which mobility has fast become a regular way of life. More specifically, human movement is seen as one concrete pathway—or at least a promise—for a better quality of life....

 

 

Here is more of this article at A.B. Godfreed’s Prosetry & Picks.

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