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Insights from the Cocoa Regions in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana: Rethinking the Migration–Conflict Nexus

  • Matthew I. Mitchell

Although many scholars have noted the salience of mobility throughout the African continent, there has been little systematic investigation into the link between migration and conflict. Most scholarship has tended to see migration as primarily a by-product of conflict and not as a security issue in its own right. In analyzing and contrasting the different migration–conflict trajectories across two similar case studies—Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana—this article attempts to develop an empirically informed theoretical framework for understanding the nexus between migration and conflict in Africa and to shed light on key intervening variables linking migration processes with violent outcomes.


Même si plusieurs spécialistes ont remarqué la saillance de la mobilité à travers le continent africain, il y a eu peu d'investigations systématiques sur les liens entre les phénomènes de migration et de conflits. La recherche a eu tendance à considérer la migration comme effet secondaire des conflits, et non comme un problème de sécurité en lui-même. À travers l'analyse et la comparaison de trajectoires différentes du lien migration-conflit à travers deux études similaires sur le Ghana et la Côte d'Ivoire, cet article tente d'établir un cadre théorique basé sur une étude empirique pour comprendre le lien entre les processus de migration et de conflit en Afrique, et afin d'essayer de mettre en lumière les éléments clé contextuels reliant les phénomènes de migration avec des aboutissements violents.

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