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Title:The rural exodus and village development
Author:Weicker, MartinISNI
Periodical:African Environment: Environmental Studies and Regional Planning Bulletin
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:rural development
rural-urban migration
urban-rural migration
Abstract:The migration of young people towards towns, where they hope to find training and a job good enough to provide them with a better future, is a well-known phenomenon in Senegal. However, as a result of the general economic crisis and the stagnation of the urban sector, migration back to the countryside currently occurs, involving young people who are looking for a new way out of this stalemate by developing the villages they come from. This paper examines the motivations for the departure and return to their villages of young people from three Senegalese villages, viz. Risso (Médina, Dakar district, inhabited by Wolof-Mouride peasants and a few Fulani), Mbomboye (close to the town of Thiès, inhabited by Sereer peasants) and Coubalan (Casamance, inhabited by Manding and Diola). Bibliogr.