This publication is one of the results of a conference organised in Lisbon in 2011 on the theme of African borders and their relationships with migration and mobility. The selected papers are a sample of the diverse perspectives on the general theme presented at the meeting. The African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) promoted this event, allowing a substantial number of its members to exchange results of ongoing and long-term research. The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) funded the research project Borders and Identity in Africa which prepared this publication.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: crossing African borders – migration and mobility
Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues

Borderless world vs borders as walls: insights from a borderland group in Northern Ethiopia
Alexandra Magnólia Dias

Profiling ethiopian migration: a comparison of characteristics of Ethiopian migrants to Africa, the Middle East and the North
Katie Kuschminder, Lisa Andersson, Melissa Siegel

Identity strategies, cultural practices and citizenship recovery: Mauritanian refugees in the Senegal Valley
Mamadou Seydou Kane

Migrants, borders and labour regimes in Mauritania: between militarisation and mobility
Hannah Cross

Forced migration of chadians in the faro division in Northern Cameroon (1980-2010)
Jean Gormo

Is Botswana creating a new gaza strip? An analysis of the ‘fence discourse’
Dominik Kopiński, Andrzej Polus

Beyond the ‘genius of suffering’: the paradox of an alienated border regime – refugee integration in cross-border Dagana (Senegal-Mauritania)
Aboubakr Tandia

Territory and border crossing for livelihoods among (voluntary and forced) migrants from drc to swaziland: the re-imagining of a borderless spatial system
Gabriel Tati

Taxation and the Dynamics of Cross-Border Migration Between Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria in the Colonial and Postcolonial Period
Patrice Pahimi

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