The vision of a united Africa and the rejection of the arbitrary borders created by European colonial powers have for decades been at the heart of pan-African endeavours. Achieving the free movement of persons on the continent was a key aim of the 1991 Abuja Treaty, which established the African Economic Community (AEC). And in the ensuing decades, this goal was underscored in agreements on African economic integration and in the African Union (AU)’s Agenda 2063. In January 2018, the member states of the AU finally agreed on the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment.
Author(s): Eva Dick; Benjamin Schraven
Full Title: Towards a Borderless Africa? Regional Organisations and Free Movement of Persons in West and North-East Africa
Publisher or Journal: German Development Institute
Year of Publication: 2019
Document Type: Broshure