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20 Oct 2015

Across artificial borders: An assessment of labour migration in the ECOWAS region

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Which are the obstacles for labour mobility within the ECOWAS region and the implementation of the Free Movement Protocol in each member country? Through seeking to answer these questions, this study highlights that there is actually an absence of comprehensive, reliable and accurate data on migration and labour market in the region and that there are also several hindrances in the implementation of ECOWAS protocols. Through its recommendations, this study is aimed at enhancing the potential of the Free Movement Protocol for the countries involved by contributing to improve the evidence base for programmes and policies that facilitate labour mobility for development within the ECOWAS region.

  • List of acronyms and abbreviations
  • List of boxes, figures and tables
  • Executive summary
  • Résumé analytique
  • Resumo executivo
  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1 Background and rationale for study
    • 1.2 Aims and objectives of study
    • 1.3 Research outcomes
    • 1.4 Research strategy and methodology
    • 1.5 Project partners/institutional framework
    • 1.6 Research outputs
  • 2. The context for migration in West Africa
    • 2.1 The socioeconomic and geopolitical context for migration in the region
  • 3. Intraregional labour migration trends and patterns
    • 3.1 Assessment of migration statistical data collection systems
    • 3.2 Labour migration patterns and trends in West Africa: A historical overview
    • 3.3 Typologies of migration in ECOWAS
    • 3.4 Characteristics of labour migrants in ECOWAS countries.
  • 4. Labour markets in ECOWAS
    • 4.1 Labour market information systems (LMISs)
    • 4.2 The context for labour demand and supply in ECOWAS
    • 4.3 Current patterns and trends of the labour market
    • 4.4 Labour policies and institutional frameworks in ECOWAS countries
    • 4.5 Labour migration and remittances in ECOWAS
    • 4.6 Sources of data on the labour market and challenges
  • 5. Legal and policy framework for intraregional labour mobility in ECOWAS
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Binding ECOWAS protocols
    • 5.3 Implementation of the Free Movement Protocols
    • 5.4 National legal and policy framework specific challenges
    • 5.5 The 2008 ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration
    • 5.6 Policies, programmes and actions initiated/developed by Member States to facilitate the implementation of the 2008 ECOWAS Common Approach
  • 6. Summary, conclusions and recommendations
    • 6.1 Summary of key findings
    • 6.2 Key gaps and challenges
    • 6.3 Policy recommendations
    • 6.4 Conclusions, prospects, challenges and opportunities for intraregional labour migration in the ECOWAS region
  • 7. Bibliography
  • 8. Annexes