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International Mobility of African Students in Higher Education
Africa, especially in the sub-Saharan region, has the fastest-growing middle class in the world. This, coupled with a population boom, means that the region’s demand for higher education could be set for some dramatic rises in the years ahead. In this regard, a number of studies have been conducted on the international mobility analyzing the trend of destination for study by young people from African nations moving outside the continent. However, macro-level study of migration dynamics has been the dominant approach which is inadequate to analyze several factors governed the location of choice for African students and their parents. There are many reasons African students intend to study abroad. They seek out better standards of education outide their home country. On the other hand, the processes of their decision regarding the destination for study are dependent on many factors in the social, cultural and historical contexts where they live in. In this presentation, I share the basic overview of the current trend of international mobility of African youth from a macro-perspective, and I will analyze the determinants and effects of mobility differentiated among students and their parents by examining ethnographic cases.