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Title:Bushfalling at all cost: the economy of migratory knowledge in anglophone Cameroon
Author:Alpes, Maybritt JillISNI
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Geographic term:Cameroon
world view
social environment
Abstract:Despite high financial costs, deportations and many frustrated departure attempts, young anglophone Cameroonians maintain high aspirations for migration. This article lays out the social rationalities of aspiring migrants, as well as the economic, symbolic and informational context of their emigration decisions. On the basis of three case studies, the article analyzes how information on emigration is controlled, processed, and evaluated. While discourses within migration policy often posit that aspiring migrants are na´ve and uninformed, the article demonstrates how migration choices and strategies are developed under circumstances more complex than can be grasped by the simplistic alternative between being informed or not informed about migratory risks. Rather than to consider flows of information, the article argues what matters is whether or not information is trusted and how it is interpreted. By looking at the costs and gains of migration from the standpoint of aspiring migrants, this article shifts the focus towards migration dynamics at the point of departure. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]