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Migration and development dynamics in Down Quarters, Nigeria

Down Quarters is a slum-like settlement in central Kaduna, located close to industry and a new inland dry port. Residents mostly rely on informal livelihoods, without benefiting from these investments.

By Aisha Umaru Adamu, James Akpokos Amos, Jessica Hagen-Zanker – Published on 12 August 2022
Key takeaways
Owing to its convenient location, Down Quarters has a long history of in-migration. One-third of young adults were born elsewhere in Nigeria.
Diverse in terms of ethnicity and religion, residents describe Down Quarters as a peaceful location, despite wider conflict in the north of the country.
The population is highly mobile. Internal migration in search of better livelihoods is very common.

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Umaru Adamu, A. Akpokos Amos, J. and Hagen-Zanker, J. (2022). Migration and development dynamics in Down Quarters. MIGNEX Case Study Brief. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo.