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Family, obligations, and migration: the role of kinship in Cameroon

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  • Annett Fleischer

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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    The aim of this paper is to investigate the influence of family and kin networks on the individual decision to migrate. The study is based on qualitative ethnographic data collected during field research in Cameroon and shows the considerable impact of the extended family on the migrant’s decision to leave Cameroon for Germany. Migrants do not necessarily set out to pursue individual goals. They are often delegated to leave by authority figures in their extended family. The individual is part of an informal reciprocal system of exchange, which is based on trust, has social consequences, and includes duties and responsibilities for both sides.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2006-047.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2006-047

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    Keywords: Cameroon; Germany; decision making; kinship; migration; race relations; remittances;

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    1. Annett Fleischer, 2007. "Illegalisierung, Legalisierung und Familienbildungsprozesse: am Beispiel Kameruner MigrantInnen in Deutschland," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2007-011, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

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