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Chinese Migrants in Africa: Bilateral and Informal Governance of a Poorly Understood South-South Flow (Draft)



The paper examines the social and political dynamics of Chinese migrants in Africa. The argument made is that the increased Chinese presence in Africa does not represent some form of harmonious ‘South-South’ cooperation but Africans are managing the relationship in ways that create significant opportunities for their development. Based on recent fieldwork in Angola, Ghana, and Nigeria, the paper addresses a number of key dimensions around the governance of this migration. It shows how African state institutions, firms and individuals contest and shape these engagements in ways that benefit them.