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Africans have long graced football fields around the world. The success of icons such as Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Mohamed Salah has fuelled the migratory projects of countless male youth across the African continent who dream of following in their footsteps. Using over a decade of ethnographic research, African Football Migration captures the historical, geographical and regulatory features of this migratory process. The book uncovers and traces the myriad actors, networks and institutions that impact the ability of children and youth across the continent to realise social mobility through football’s global production network. This sheds critical light on how young people are trying to negotiate contemporary barriers to social becoming erected by neoliberal capitalism. It also generates original interdisciplinary perspectives on the complex interplay between structural forces and human agency as young players navigate an industry rife with commercial speculation. A select few are fortunate enough to reach the elite levels of the game and build a successful career overseas. Significantly, the book vividly illustrates how for the vast majority, the outcome of ‘trying their luck’ through football is involuntary immobility in post-colonial Africa. These findings are complemented by rare empirical insights from transnational African migrants at the margins of the global football industry and those navigating precarious post-playing-career lives. In unpacking these issues, African Football Migration offers fresh perspectives on the transnational strategies deployed by youth and young men striving to improve their life chances, and the role that mobility – imagined and enacted – plays in these struggles.

The limits of the EU’s external dimension of migration in Africa
Tine Van Criekinge

cooperation from sending countries, African governments have instead focused largely on enhancing the developmental prospects that migration provides. The next section further explores how the African migration agenda has tended to focus more on a migration–development nexus, as opposed to migration control. The African migration agenda: making migration work for development With the growing interest on the EU side to place migration issues high on the agenda, the African side too now considers migration an important element on its political agenda. African governments now

in The European Union in Africa
Diaspora for development?
Mark Boyle, Rob Kitchin, and Delphine Ancien

migration–development nexus: bringing marginalized visions and actors to the fore’, Population, Space and Place, 15, 93–203. Saxenian, A. (2006) The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Solimano, A. (ed.) (2008) The International Mobility of Talent: Types, Causes, and Development Impact. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Vertovec, S. (2007) Circular Migration: The Way Forward in Global Policy. Oxford: International Migration Institute. Yossi, S. and A. Barth (2003) ‘Diasporas and international relations theory

in Migrations
Christian Kaunert and Dr Sarah Leonard

Communication ‘Integrating migration issues in the European Union’s relations with third countries’ (COM 2002 (703)). This Communication contained two main parts. Whilst the first one provided a thorough analysis of the migration-development nexus, including important issues for the countries of origin such as migrant remittances and brain circulation, the second part focused on assessing the

in European internal security
Ingo Peters, Enver Ferhatovic, Rebea Heinemann, and Sofia Sturm

) ‘European Union’s crisis response in the extended neighbourhood: Comparing the EU’s output effectiveness in the cases of Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali, EUNPACK Working Paper D.7.1 (part 4), EUNPACK project. Raineri , L. and A. Rossi ( 2018 ) ‘ The security–migration–development nexus in the Sahel: A reality check ’, in B. Venturi (ed.), The Security–Migration–Development

in The EU and crisis response
Nataša Gregorič Bon

, remittances and transnational care’, Geografska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 9: 19–38. Mazzucato, V. (2010) ‘Reverse remittances in the migration development nexus: two-way flows between Ghana and the Netherlands’, Population, Space and Place, doi: 10.1002/ psp. Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2009) ‘Material aspects of transnational social fields: an introduction’, Dve Domovini/Two Homelands (Tematski sklop/Thematic Section: Migrants’ Transnational Practices. The Movement of People and Objects), 29: 105–114. Vullnetari, J. (2007) Albanian Migration and Development: State

in Migrating borders and moving times
Luca Raineri and Francesco Strazzari

development efforts, one may be tempted to conclude that a crisis resolution type of approach inspired the EU response to the migration crisis. A closer look, however, reveals some important inconsistencies between the crisis resolution template and the post-2015 articulation of the migration–development nexus by the EU. One notices a marked shift in the aims pursued by the EU external action in these domains

in The EU and crisis response
Gerasimos Gerasimos

Algeria or Libya, which did not hesitate to shift their securitisation policies in 1973 and 1969, respectively. The fact that post-independence Morocco has highlighted the importance of labour emigration in its developmental strategy led to the consistent securitisation of its diaspora policymaking. The tightening of immigration in Western Europe after 1973 led the Makhzen to intensify this process of securitisation via the feared amicales . The fourth case study discussed below, Tunisia, pursued a similar approach to the migration–development nexus

in Migration diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa