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Department of Spatial Planning
Research project

MiTra-WA - Migration and Translocality in West Africa: An Analysis of Migration, Urbanisation and Climate Change

Project duration: 04/2021 to 03/2024

The main goal of the project is to better understand rural-urban and cross-border migration and how they are linked with environmental changes and urban growth in West Africa. As a first step the project conducts a comprehensive quantitative analysis of rural-urban mobilities using fine-grained data on demographic, climatological and other environmental changes – particularly land-use changes. In a second step (bi-local) qualitative case studies are conducted on translocal livelihoods and the impacts of rural-urban migration with a particular focus on land-use and the environment. On this basis proposals for policy, development projects and financing mechanisms will be developed that aim to counter the negative consequences of rural-urban migration. The overall project also supports eight doctoral research projects and feeds key findings into the existing BSc/MSc programmes at the partner universities.


Funding agency: 
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project partners:

  • University of Passau (UP): Chair of Human Geography (Germany) (project coordinator) 
  • University of Ghana: Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) (Ghana)
  • Universite de Ouagadougou: Institut Supérieur des Science de la Population (ISSP) (Burkina Faso)
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST): College of Art and Built Environment: Department of Planning (Ghana)
  • University of Ibadan: Department of Agricultural Economics (Nigeria)