Ambitions of Bushfalling through Further Education: Insights from Students in Cameroonian Universities

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Ambitions of Bushfalling through Further Education: Insights from Students in Cameroonian Universities


  • Henrietta Nyamnjoh Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract:  Following a surge in civil unrest, the need and ambitions to migrate have increased among young Cameroonians. This article explores how Cameroonian youth and graduates use education as a gateway for migration, selecting new routes and destinations to maximise their chances of migration. Drawing on in-depth interviews with aspiring migrants, I show that long-standing aspirations to migrate have led to a symbiotic relationship between aspiring migrants and migration agents who facilitate and determine the route and destination for the entire process. This relationship reflects aspiring migrants who desire to migrate at all cost rather than planning carefully, often with little information guiding in the process. I argue that migration responds to cultural and political influences as much as ontological (in)security that cannot be defined solely in economic terms. The meaning of ‘successful’ migration is produced and reified through the overt display and interpretations of migration.

Keywords:  bushfaller; Cameroonians; education; further education; migration syndicate; youth aspirations

Published:   25 March 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v9i1.3718


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