E.g., 09/03/2014
E.g., 09/03/2014

Country Resource - Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

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  • Population......................................................................18,365,123 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate ..............................................................3.05% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate....................................................42.42 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate.................................................11.96 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate....................................0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups........... Mossi over 40%, other approximately 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani)

CIA World Factbook

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is a former French colony in Western Africa that has traditionally sent thousands of seasonal migrants to Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Brad Kress of the UK’s Centre for Research into Economic and Social Trends examines the migration issues facing the country today.

Recent Activity

Land is the basis of nearly all economic activities   from farming to financial speculation on cotton production — in and along the periphery of an internationally protected park that spans parts of Benin, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Recognized as the "W" Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in 2002, this vast territory and surrounding areas are experiencing a land-management crisis in which seasonal and long-term migration has played a major role. This article examines these challenges through the use of reflexive maps, which capture data relating not only to migrants' paths and motivations, but also the social values and knowledge that they carry with them.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is a former French colony in Western Africa that has traditionally sent thousands of seasonal migrants to Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Brad Kress of the UK’s Centre for Research into Economic and Social Trends examines the migration issues facing the country today.