U-Turn Asia in the News

Arbitrary arrests make life in Bangkok hell for African migrants, Prachatai English. Bangkok, Thailand. June 20, 2018. 

U-turn Asia – From the Gambia to Asia, paradisefm.gm, National Youth Show by Andrew GibbaBanjul, Gambia. July 9, 2016. 
U-turn Asia: Gambian Migrants to China Going Back Home. Law and Border Blog by Gary Chodorow. July 3, 2016.


African migrants are returning from China and telling their compatriots not to go. Quartz Magazine (Lily Kuo). July 1, 2016.

Le cauchemar des Gambiens de Canton. Le Monde Afrique. (Sébastien Le Belzic). July 19, 2016.

Why Gambian migrants are giving up on their “China Dream”. China in Africa Podast (Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden). August 7, 2016

For These African Migrants, China Isn’t What They Were Promised. The World Pos

Gambian migrants leave China.BBC World Service (Karen Chan). July 4, 2016. (link forthcoming).

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Other newspaper articles Gambians taking “the backway” to Europe

Tiny Gambia has a big export: Migrants desperate to reach Europe. Washington Post, June 14, 2015

Taking the back way out. The Gambia to Italy. IRIN News, October 8, 2015

My ‘back way’ story: “I saw dead bodies and would-be migrants with broken legs and arms”. What’s On Gambia, Novermber 29, 2014

Back way to Europe – is it a risk worth taking? The Point, October 23, 2014

Academic literature on migration from the Senegambia

Babou, Cheikh Anta. (2008). Migration and Cultural Change: Money, ‘Caste,’ Gender, and Social Status among Senegalese Female Hair Braiders in the United States. Africa Today 55 (2): 3–22.

Buggenhagen, B.A. (2012). Muslim Families in Global Senegal: Money Takes Care of Shame: Indiana University Press.
Carling, Jørgen; & Hernández Carretero, María (2011) Protecting Europe and Protecting Migrants? Strategies for Managing Unauthorised Migration from Africa , British Journal of Politics and International Relations 13 (1): 42–58.
Hernández Carretero, María (2015) Renegotiating Obligations through Migration: Senegalese Transnationalism and the Quest for the Right Distance, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41 (12): 2021–2040.

Hernández Carretero, María & Jørgen Carling (2012) Beyond “Kamikaze Migrants”: Risk Taking in West African Boat Migration to Europe, Human Organization 71(4): 407–416.

Mezger Kveder, Cora, and Cris Beauchemin. (2015). The Role of International Migration Experience for Investment at Home: Direct, Indirect, and Equalising Effects in Senegal. Population, Space and Place 21 (6):535-552.
Ndione, Babacar, and Richard Lalou. (2005). Transferts de revenus, investissements, obligation de dons? Les usages économiques et sociaux de l’argent de la migration au Sénégal (Dakar,Touba, Kaolack) et au Mali (Bamako, Kayes), Union internationale pour
l’Étude Scientifique de la Population. XXVe Congrès International de la Population, Tours,
France, 18–25 July 2005.

Nyanzi, Stella, Ousman Rosenberg‐Jallow, Ousman Bah, and Susan Nyanzi. 2005. Bumsters, big black organs and old white gold: Embodied racial myths in sexual relationships of Gambian beach boys Culture, Health & Sexuality 7 (6):557-569.

Shipton, Parker. (1995). “How Gambians Save: Culture and Economic Strategy.” In Money Matters: Instability, Values and Social Payments in the Modern History of West African Communities, edited by Jane I. Guyer, 245–276. Portsmouth, NH: James Currey.
Sinatti, Giulia. (2014). “Masculinities and Intersectionality in Migration: Transnational Wolof Migrants Negotiating Manhood and Gendered Family Roles.” In Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Security, edited by Thanh-Dam Truong, Sylvia I. Bergh, Des Gasper and Jeff Handmaker, 215–226. New York: Springer.
van Nieuwenhuyze, Inge. (2009). Getting by in Europe’s Urban Labour Markets: Senegambian Migrants’ Strategies for Survival, Documentation and Mobility, IMISCOE Dissertations. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


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