By Adebusuyi Isaac Adeniran

This publication explores the approaches of migration and integration in the West African sub-region and finds subsisting offers and screw ups of the ECOWAS' rationale of transmuting the sub-region right into a unmarried socio-economic (and political) entity.

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It is worth noting that during the early years of migrating to Côte d’Ivoire by the Ejigbo-Yoruba, the position of the Oba was basically utilized as an extortionist platform by few self-imposed Oba-Yoruba, such as AlagbaMuteru in 1933 in Treichville-Abidjan. Such unwholesome disposition caused problems amongst the migrants (Iwe Itan Omo Nigeria, 1958, pp. Though the specific motive for such ruthless behavior has remained unclear, it is believed that AlagbaMuteru was essentially keen on commercializing the people’s network activities, receiving bribes from fresh migrants and returns from other established migrants’ business activities.

0008   Migration and Regional Integration in West Africa In order to interpret the nature, patterns and functioning of prevalent migratory networks, it is essential to situate associated processes within an appropriate analytical framework. Across many epochs, according to Moody and White (2003), scholars engaged the notion of networking in a rather unstructured form to connote ‘a complex set of relationships amongst members of social systems’; from the interpersonal to the inter-group (and, indeed, international).

Network members do provide emotional aid, material aid, information, companionship and a sense of belonging;. such social support is one of the major means through which households obtain resources to deal with daily life, seize opportunities and reduce uncertainties’ (Hurlbert, Haines and Beggs, 2000: 598–618). At home, network groups enable migrants to seek the assistance of family members/neighbors or to seek for the service of professional helpers to make for the vacuum created by their absences from home (Kivisto, 2001; Okolski, 2001).

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