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‘La mobilité, c’est le Sénégal’: the context of migration in Senegal

Senegal is a country of migration. According to the World Bank, 10% of the GDP of the country consists of remittances. Those are financial contributions, sent by Senegalese people living outside the country, which is 5% of the Senegalese population. Most of them live in Europe and African countries in the region. With such a large amount of the population living abroad, the question arises: what is the role of migration in Senegal? To understand this, we first need to understand a bit more about the context of migration in Senegal, and in the broader region of ‘sub-Saharan Africa’.

Political protests and migration: is there a link?

A surprise move in Algeria two weeks ago. On Monday 11 March, 82-year old president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would not seek a fifth term. At the same time, he cancelled the elections which would take place on 18 April. Citizens in Algeria have protested his candidacy since February. Bouteflika is rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013. Some commentators link the recent protests in Algeria with the Arab Spring protests of 2011. It is not surprising then, that there exists fear of increasing numbers of Algerian migrants wanting to flee towards Europe.

Arabische invloed als prijs voor vrede in de Hoorn van Afrika?

In september 2018 ondertekenden de Ethiopische Premier Abiy Ahmed en de Eritrese President Isaias Afwerki een vredes- en vriendschapsverklaring: een ‘vredeskus’ tussen buurlanden die tot voor kort elkaars aartsvijanden waren. Feestelijke getuigen waren o.a. VN-Secretaris Generaal António Guterres en de Saoedische kroonprins Mohammed bin Salman.

In de Westerse media werd vooral ‘Hosanna!’ geroepen over de toenadering tussen Ethiopië en Eritrea, maar wie waren werkelijk de architecten van de toenadering tussen de twee aartsvijanden?

Migration: African Perspectives – hoofdthema Afrikadag 2019!

Sinds de zomer van 2015 is migratie een van de belangrijkste kwesties in de Europese politiek. Terwijl migratie naar de EU afneemt, blijft het onderwerp populair. Ook bij Europese de verkiezingen in 2019 speelt dit onderwerp een grote rol. De grote vraag in deze discussies is: hoe kan irreguliere migratie naar de Europese Unie verminderd worden?

Nigerian presidential elections postponed

On the 16th of February general elections were supposed to occur in Nigeria. The last time elections were held was in 2015, where voters could choose between Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. People hoped this election would bring a new start. This year, Nigerian voters are choosing between the sitting president Buhari (76) and a new candidate, Atiku Abubakar (72). Both are known for being corrupt. The majority of voters in Nigeria do not feel represented by these men, especially the younger part of the population. On top of that, Nigerians never even got a chance to vote this past weekend: the elections were postponed. How did Africa’s largest democracy end up here?

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