The role of rural-urban migration in the structural transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa

Alan de Brauw, Valerie Mueller, Hak Lim Lee

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Abstract

Rural-to-urban migration is an inherent part of the economic development process, yet it is relatively understudied in sub-Saharan Africa. In this paper, we attempt to describe the present state of rural-urban migration from several different angles. Migration rates are quite low in several countries, despite the fact that large proportions of populations continue to reside in rural areas, and that there are clearly several types of gains to migration. We offer a number of possible explanations for low migration rates. We make recommendations for improvements in research on rural-urban migration and migration policy in Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Development
Volume63
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Rural-urban migration
  • Structural transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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