‘Choosing to Stay: Alternate Migration Decisions of Ghanaian Youth’

Thursday 25 November 2021

In this seminar Mary will focus on nationals from Ghana who have lost interest in pursuing migration dreams to Europe and North America after failed attempts to migrate. Many less experienced youths who attempt to migrate to Europe and North America face challenges such as strict immigration laws, high cost of financing migration plans, or illegal recruiters.


Some risk their lives through dangerous routes to achieve their migration goals. The negative consequences recorded are numerous, including death en route to Europe and North America. Using life stories, this article lets failed migrants recount the frustration, wasted resources and years spent to fulfil their migration dreams.

It discusses individual factors such as experiences that affect the decision not to pursue migration dreams despite the culture of migration in their communities. The article concludes that strict immigration policies in Europe and North America have restricted international migration among less experienced and less skilled youth in Ghana, leading to personal decisions not to migrate but adjust to the conditions at home, and later describing their stay as a preferred decision.

Download this open access article: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/article/view/3691


Dr. Mary B. Setrana is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana. Mary is a Ghana-based researcher on a number of ongoing research projects, including: GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub, funded by UKRI; Migration and Social Transformation project funded by EU; Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace Project, funded by UKRI; and Crises as Opportunities project, funded by EU. Mary is an Advisory Board member of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence on Migration and Mobility. Mary’s research interest includes Migration, Gender and Development, Return Migration and Reintegration, Transnational Migration and Diaspora and Migration, Conflict and Peacebuilding.

She is currently a technical advisor to AUC on migration governance. Mary has participated (either as a PI or Co-I) in large research projects funded by EU, IOM, ILO and OECD, Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Carnegie Corporation for New York (CCNY). She has participated (either as a lead or co-consultant) on national, regional and continental policies and capacity building projects including developing Ghana’s Diaspora Policy; Malawi National Labour Policy; Migration policies for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe; capacity building plan on sustainable return and reintegration for Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.

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