Swiss Subsaharan Africa Migration Network


The objective of the Swiss Subsaharan Africa Migration (S-SAM) network is to build and strengthen long-term partnerships between migration researchers in Subsaharan Africa and Switzerland.

The inaugural call was launched in summer 2018. Within the large field of human migration, we focus on aspects of migration to Europe before migrants reach their destination. This includes the following topics:

- Reasons and motivations to migrate. Here we seek novel research on aspirations and abilities to migrate, on the nature of different ‘pull’ effects and the choice of destination country, or on the role of information in decisions to migrate. Research may focus on questions of preparations, anticipation of problems ‘en route’ and in the country of destination (e.g. discrimination), or on similarities and differences between South-South and South-North migration.

- Migration and health. Here we seek novel research on the situation ‘en route’ to Europe, how health affects decisions to migrate (or stay put), how the migration experience itself affects the mental and physical health of migrants, or the migration trajectories of health workers.

- Student migration. Here we seek novel research on student migration from Subsaharan Africa to Switzerland and Europe, as a specific motivation to migrate.

Methodologically and with regards to academic discipline, S-SAM is open, but innovative and experimental research are encouraged, as is a focus on social mechanisms.

Current Projects

  • Bushfalling

    Pilgrims’ Progress: Negotiating bushfalling among Anglophone Cameroonian youth    

    Henrietta Mambo Nyamnjoh
    University of Cape Town
    Pilot (6 months)


  • Students

    Social network and student mobility from Côte d’Ivoire to France and Switzerland

    Simon Barussaud
    University of Geneva
    Exchange (3 months)

    Franck Dago
    University Félix Houphouet-Boigny
    Pilot (3 months)


  • Non-state Actors

    Understanding the role of Non- state Actors in West African Migration as tools for information dissemination and inclusive policy making

    Amanda Bisong
    University of Nigeria
    Exchange (2 months)

Mailing List

To sign up to the S-SAM mailinglist be notified about further calls and other announcements, or if you want to know more about S-SAM, please send an e-mail didier.ruedin@unine.ch.

S-SAM is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) through Leading House for sub-Saharan Africa at the Swiss TPH.

Last modified: 28 October 2018