Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: African Migrants in the Spotlight

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Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: African Migrants in the Spotlight

  • Didier Ruedin Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland / African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract:  This thematic issue examines questions of decision-making under limited (and contradictory) information, focusing on migration decisions. Migrants are far from a homogenous population, but they commonly use narratives as heuristics. We observe much agency among migrants to pursue migration plans, with migration decisions best understood as chains of multiple decisions rather than simple push-pull or two-step models.

Keywords:  Africa; decision-making; immigration; narratives



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