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ECOWAS and migration

Migration A–Z


  1. Ali Afani

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm191

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Afani, A. 2013. ECOWAS and migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


People, groups, and organizations rarely combine or act in concert if there are no benefits to be drawn from such cooperation. Mutual benefit is the foundation upon which is built most forms of economic cooperation This remains the belief, at least in theory. Regional alliances in the mold of the European Union (EU) or that of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are far from being a new phenomenon. In fact, the idea of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the brainchild of General Yakubu Gowon, who had chaired the summit, took seed from African political leaders' desire to lay a foundation of some sort of a cooperative and integrative arrangement modeled after the EU (Ogbeidi 2010).


  • regional development;
  • civil war;
  • imperialism;
  • labor supply;
  • political asylum;
  • development;
  • political economy