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Migrants’ association contributions to rural development in South-Western Nigeria

Akanni I. Akinyemi, Obafemi Awolowo University
Funmi Oloruntimehin, Obafemi Awolowo University
Wale Olaopa, Obafemi Awolowo University

In Nigeria, rural-urban migration dominates internal migration pattern. The growing trend is for migrants from a common geographic base within the same destination to come together to form association. This study is aimed at investigating the contribution of some of these associations to the development of their hometown. In a study that covered 1,782 migrants, we found that two-fifth of respondents acknowledged the existence of hometown association of their respective Communities in their current place of residence. More than 70 percent are financially committed to such associations with obligations towards supporting in-coming migrants from same place of origin. Majority described such association as safety net for members and relations in hometowns. Several developmental initiatives in the places of origin were supported by these associations through finance, political advisory roles/lobby, and with relief materials in time of need. We conclude that migrants association were of high benefit to places of origin.

Presented in Poster Session 1