Dr Stephen Adaawen

Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Research Project at the Centre

The Challenges of Regional Migration and Cooperation: The Case of Ghana and Nigeria

That the West African sub-region has historically been a ‘walked-across land’ with population movements being traditionally an integral part of the social organisation of societies has well been documented. While sub-region has consistently also witnessed the sustained emigration of people mostly to the EU and North America, intra-regional migration is also pronounced. In spite of the provision of the ECOWAS protocol that has guaranteed and facilitated the free movement of people and goods, there are still existential socio-economic, political and policy deficiencies and challenges that tend to stifle effective regional cooperation, intra-regional mobility and trade as way to better management for sustainable development within the sub-region.
There are ongoing international and regional efforts aimed at better migration management and policy, to among other priority areas, tackle the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement, as well as promote effective cooperation on legal migration and mobility within sub-Saharan Africa and into the EU. This research project, will critically delve into the aforementioned issues with a focus on Ghana and Nigeria.


April 2017 – January 2018