Migration and class differentiation in rural Guinea-Bissau

Alexandre Abreu (Doutorando, SOAS-U. Londres / Investigador, Centro de Estudos Geográficos da Universidade de Lisboa)

October 19, 2011, 17h00

Room 2, CES-Coimbra


This paper is based on a doctoral project, recently concluded, theme of which consisted on the relationship between migration flows and the dynamics of class formation and differentiation of peasants in rural Guinea-Bissau. Besides the reference to theoretical foundations and data collection strategies, the main results and conclusions will be presented as well. These conclusions include the fact that migrations, remittances and earnings play a key role as a livelihood strategy but are, at the same time, limited in their ability to catalyse development towards a general change within the social relationships of production.

Short biography

Alexandre Abreu is a researcher at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon and is currently finishing his PhD in Economy at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. His main research interests focus on policies of development economics and migrations.

Discussants: João Rodrigues (CES) and João Pedro Campos (CES)

Scientific area: Development economics, migrations