The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance
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The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance

Edited by Andrew Geddes, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Leila Hadj Abdou and Leiza Brumat

This book analyses the dynamics of regional migration governance and accounts for why, how and with what effects states cooperate with each other in diverse forms of regional grouping on aspects of international migration, displacement and mobility. The book develops a framework for analysis of comparative regional migration governance to support a distinct and truly global approach accounting for developments in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America and the many and varying forms that regional arrangements can take in these regions.
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Chapter 7: Regional cooperation on migration and mobility: experiences from two African regions

Eva Dick and Benjamin Schraven

Abstract

Based on a framework of analysis for regional migration governance this chapter assesses regional cooperation on migration and mobility in the Economic Community of Western Africa (ECOWAS) and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) at the Horn of Africa. It studies: (1) The relevance of migration and the main drivers for the incorporation of mobility and migration in the regional agendas; (2) The extent to which migration has been included in specific (formal and informal) regional governance systems; (3) Forms and types of migration that have been the focus for cooperation and the effects of this. The results suggest that the policy focus of regional organisations is strongly related to institutional factors (strength of migration policy mandate, degree of legalisation) and the (internal vs. external) nature of agenda setting. However, in the context of multiple and multi-level interactions on migration, comprising inter-regional diffusion, policy formulations are not easily predictable.

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