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The Role of Rural–Urban Migration in the Structural Transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa

Alan de Brauw (), Valerie Mueller and Hak Lim Lee

World Development, 2014, vol. 63, issue C, 33-42

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.

Keywords: rural-urban migration; structural transformation; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.10.013

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