Accepted paper:

In-migration and coping mechanisms in urban space: the experience of women displaced by conflicts in anglophone Cameroon

Authors:

Dora Mbu (Federal University Lokoja)

Paper short abstract:

This paper looks at the position of displaced female Cameroonians since the commencement of agitations for southern Cameroon's statehood otherwise known as the Republic of Ambazonia. It also investigates the strategies adopted in order to cope either adequately or otherwise in the new communities.

Paper long abstract:

War and conflicts are some of the major factors responsible for migration and social disruption. This is because the people whose communities have become theatre of war will seek refuge in another space or community they consider peaceful. Due to continuous migration into perceived peaceful communities numerous economic, social and political issues are bound to surface. Chiefly among them are overpopulation, rise in the cost of food, housing and other sundry needs. Since the year 2017 more than 1million Anglophone Cameroonians have been displaced from their homes and found supposedly refuge in Francophone Cameroon where many of them are being discriminated upon in the areas of medical provision, education, accommodation and so on. This paper looks at the position of displaced female Anglophone Cameroonians since the commencement of agitations for southern Cameroon's statehood otherwise known as the Republic of Ambazonia. It also investigates the strategies adopted in order to cope either adequately or otherwise in the new communities. It argues that conflict induced in-migration within Cameroon has placed the migrants especially women at the mercy of their hostile hosts who in many cases refuse to rent an apartment to them or demand huge sum of money for it.

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