Policy Considerations regarding the Integration of Lusophone West African Immigrant Populations


  • Kezia Lartey Kennesaw State University
  • Brandon D. Lundy Kennesaw State University




immigration, integration, labour, policy, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau


On January 23, 2012, Resolution No. 3 enacted the National Immigration Strategy for the island nation of Cabo Verde, the first of its kind in the country. As a buffer nation to Western Europe with a rapidly developing economy and good governance indicators, Cabo Verde is transitioning from a sending and transit country to a receiving nation for African mainlanders, especially from Guinea-Bissau. How effective are these immigration policies at managing these changing mobility patterns? Are immigrants successfully integrating into host communities? How might integration be handled more effectively? This policy briefing reports integration successes and failures from ethnographic research and considers the effectiveness of Cabo Verde’s National Immigration Strategy based on these findings. Cabo Verde’s immigration policy targets structural reforms such as education, healthcare, and housing, while additional socio-cultural strategies encourage coexistence among neighbours. Three years out, our study observed positive effects, while also suggesting additional reforms.


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Author Biographies

Kezia Lartey, Kennesaw State University

Ph.D. graduate student in International Conflict Management, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development, Kennesaw State University

Brandon D. Lundy, Kennesaw State University

Brandon D. Lundy is the Associate Director of the Ph.D. Program in International Conflict Management in the School fo Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development and an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University, GA.




How to Cite

Lartey, K. and Lundy, B. D. (2017) “Policy Considerations regarding the Integration of Lusophone West African Immigrant Populations”, Border Crossing. London, UK, 7(1), pp. 108–121. doi: 10.33182/bc.v7i1.480.