Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire Burkina Faso

Overview

Migration flows between Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire are mainly Burkinabè who cross the border to Côte d'Ivoire.

People from the poorest rural areas of Burkina Faso migrate to Côte d’Ivoire for work, a journey that is facilitated by free movement and low costs. In Côte d’Ivoire, hostility towards the Burkinabe is a concern. Child labour and trafficking is also common, especially on cocoa plantations.

Movements from Côte d'Ivoire are essentially migration flows of Burkinabè returning to Burkina Faso. Although one third of households in Burkina Faso receive remittances, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries.

Our research in this corridor explores the experiences of children who migrate as well as those left behind in Burkina Faso. We also examine the movement of resources between the two countries, considering the implications of migration flows on poverty and other inequalities.