Kinship and International Migration Intentionalities of Youths


  • Olayinka Akanle University of Ibadan
  • Aderonke Omotayo Adebayo
  • Fawaz Adeniran Jimoh


While studies exist on international migration intentionalities in Africa, very few have
sufficiently examined their kinship interfaces among the youths. Although, Africa
remains a major migrant sending continent, the role of kinship in emigration is still
poorly understood especially relative to the youths who are the most migratory. It is
against this background that this article examined the intersectionalities of kinship and
international migration in Nigeria with specific attention to youths’ ultimate actions
informing intentions. The article adopted social action theory and the push and pull
framework as its theoretical framework. The research design was descriptive and
explorative. A total of 300 questionnaire was distributed through simple random
sampling. 20 in-depth interviews were also conducted with purposively selected
youths. The relationship between kinship and international migration intentionalities
was found to be positive due to the previous and current kinship migration patterns,
realities and expectations that have become normatively sanctioned within youths’
kinship networks. Hence, the kinship outcomes on migration co-relate with youths’
belief that Nigeria’s (like many other African countries’) social institutions are
dysfunctional and infrastructural systems are opportunistically disabling for their
values, goals and aspirations. Overall, the migration intentions and believed
functionalities of emigrations among the youths are traceable to the subjective
interpretations of migration values and outcomes within subsisting kinship systems
usually predating and external to the youths.