Migration Governance

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Does migration within and to Africa contribute to more sustainable and inclusive growth on the continent and, if so, to what extent? Do migrant professionals and entrepreneurs occupy specific roles or stimulate the growth of African economies in particular ways? How can policymakers and practitioners harness this knowledge to promote more inclusive growth?


These are just some of the questions the Migration for Inclusive African Growth (MIAG) team have been trying to answer over the past few years. MIAG was inspired by the wave of economic dynamism sweeping Africa and the challenge it presented for how to avoid elite-based, resource-driven growth so as to open opportunities for all in society. The idea of fairer distribution extends beyond just monetary gains to non-monetary aspects, such as improved access to social provision and welfare, infrastructure, services and strengthened and accountable political institutions. This is the concept of Inclusive Growth that, while gaining widespread popularity amongst major development actors such as the OECD, United Nations and the African Development Bank, remains theoretically underdeveloped and empirical studies lacking substantive evidence or concentrate on isolated cases.

Aside from seeking to frame a more robust definition and understanding of Inclusive Growth as both a normative concept and analytical tool, MIAG has examined migration as a specific catalyst for such growth. Flows of international migrants within, and to, the continent have intensified in recent years, but researchers and policy-makers have only recently shifted their gaze away from Global South to North flows, to look at North-South and South-South trajectories.

Join us for this three-part webinar series as members of our team are joined by academics and policymakers to debate and discuss these ideas around inclusive growth and migration, the emerging findings from our four-country study (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria), and the implications they hold for migration and growth policy in Africa.

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