Cris Beauchemin (Dir.), Migration between Africa and Europe, 2018


This volume examines migration between Africa and Europe, rather than just from Africa to Europe. Based on a unique socio-demographic survey carried out both in origin and destination countries (MAFE survey), it argues that return migration, circulation,and transnational practices are significant. Policy design must also take these factors into account.

Comparing in a systematic way three flows of African migrants (from Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Senegal), this study offers a new view on the patterns, determinants, and family and economic effects of migration. By comparing six European countries (Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK), it shows that the dynamics of migration differ greatly in new vs. old destination countries.

Based on a statistical analysis of life histories, this study provides a dynamic view of
migration that will help readers better understand current trends as well as future trajectories. It will appeal to researchers, academics, practitioners, and others interested in taking a deeper look in (im)migration issues.


Dr Cris Beauchemin is researcher at INED and associate professor at the
department of demography of the University of Montreal. He holds his PhD
from the University Paris 8. Prior to joining INED, he spent 3 years at
the University of Montreal (Demography Department). Most of his
research is about migration and connections between places of origin and
destination. Covering both domestic and international migration,
especially in the African context, his works relate to trends of
migration, migrants’ investments, return migration, transnational
families, integration and transnationalism… In the last decade, he was
responsible of projects involving large scale surveys: the Migration
between Africa and Europe project (MAFE) and the Trajectories and origin
survey in France (TeO).