Colloquium by Tammo Bakker: Euro-African Migration Governance in Burkina Faso, Conflict or Cooperation?

Published on
December 7, 2018

You are hereby cordially invited to the MSc thesis presentation by Tammo Bakker entitled ‘Euro-African Migration Governance in Burkina Faso, Conflict or Cooperation?’

  • Supervisor: Art Dewulf
  • Examiner: Katrien Termeer
  • Date: 12 December 2018
  • Time: 16-17.00 hours
  • Location: room 2047, Leeuwenborch



Migration governance is high on the political agenda, especially for many European countries and the EU. Because of its transnational nature, migration governance requires cooperation between a wide various of stakeholders operating across different levels and in different countries. Considering the wide range of stakeholders with different views and interests involved migration governance can be classified as a wicked problem. What is considered a solution for one set of stakeholders, might be considered a problem for others. Still, interactions between a wide range of stakeholders take place. This research aims to give insight into the political mobilization process across various organisational levels by looking at the relationship between the policy frames (Hulst and Yanow 2016) of various stakeholders and their relationship with interactions in the network. It does so by providing a case study of migration governance in Burkina Faso. It was found that various aspects of policy frames, e.g. issue frames, identity- and relationship frames and process frames each influence some of the interactions taking place, but that none of them can be used to explain all interactions in the network. While some interactions are driven by a shared issue frame or problem understanding, others rest primarily on identity frames. Meta-governance and the design of the policy process have been found to be important drivers of multilevel governance or the lack thereof, although the decentralized political system in Burkina Faso and the national bias of donor-driven initiatives inhibit the mobilization of sub-national governments.