6    Labor migration, human trafficking and multinational corporations within the ECOWAS region

Challenges and opportunities

Ndioro Ndiaye

Introduction

West Africa is the most mobile part of Africa;1 it has historically been a region of continuous population movements and it continues to attract migrants from across the region. The people of West Africa share a socio-cultural and economic link, which contributes to these movements across national borders. The socio-cultural link is evident through the agglomerations of people by arbitrarily drawing the colonial map. The economic link is facilitated by trading across borders, due to close proximity, and also by socio-cultural and language commonalities. All these factors along, with a shared colonial ...

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