Freedom of movement in West Africa: A snap shot of the history and future of regulating mobility

Freedom of movement in West Africa: A snap shot of the history and future of regulating mobility

The aim of this policy brief is to provide some historical context to development interventions related to migration since independence in three Upper Guinean Coast countries.

Contextualising policymaking and programming not just in contemporary time but also with attention to the past is important as the shape of any decision in the present and for the future is at least in part conditioned by the knowledges created through history – it matters how we narrate the past, how the world was understood previously and what was said about it at the time.