Migrants and Indigenes in big cities tend to suffer similarly from marginalization. However, the
mechanism that induce poverty among the two groups are not the same. Urban communities are
heterogeneous with different poverty patterns and dynamics. Accra, the capital city of Ghana is
no exception. The phenomenon has led to the emergence of slums in the capital. The urban poor
live a life of insecurity and suffer basic social deprivations. This work takes a comparative study
approach to the study of urban poverty among migrants and indigenes in Accra, specifically the
communities of Chorkor and Old Fadama. The objectives of the study were to examine the patterns
of poverty, the livelihood profiles of the poor, their access to social amenities and services and
finally their coping strategies. Using a mixed method approach, 200 questionnaires were
administered in the two communities in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. Also, in-depth
interviews and focus group discussions were conducted in each of the communities. The findings
revealed different poverty dynamics among the two groups. The key pull factor why people
migrate to Old Fadama is for employment opportunities. Old Fadama has more diversified
livelihoods as compared to Chorkor where there is a traditional activity around which about half
of the people live their life on. Social networks were found to be a useful asset to the migrants as
they derived protection and job allocations from these networks. Both communities lack basic
social amenities and are characterised by poor housing and poor sanitary conditions. Also, both
communities have varied coping mechanisms. It was recommended that government extends youth
employment programs most especially to the rural areas to reduce the inflow of people into the
capitals, hence reducing congestion in the cities and pressure on amenities. Also, government
should set up appropriate institutions and encourage private participation in waste management.
Finally, government should consider relocation or reformation of slums in the cities.
Edu, F (2021). A Comparative Study Of Urban Poverty Among Migrants And Indigenes In The Communities Of Chorkor And Old Fadama, Accra. Afribary.com: Retrieved May 10, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/a-comparative-study-of-urban-poverty-among-migrants-and-indigenes-in-the-communities-of-chorkor-and-old-fadama-accra
Frontiers, Edu. "A Comparative Study Of Urban Poverty Among Migrants And Indigenes In The Communities Of Chorkor And Old Fadama, Accra" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 27 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/a-comparative-study-of-urban-poverty-among-migrants-and-indigenes-in-the-communities-of-chorkor-and-old-fadama-accra . Accessed 10 May. 2021.
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Frontiers, Edu. "A Comparative Study Of Urban Poverty Among Migrants And Indigenes In The Communities Of Chorkor And Old Fadama, Accra" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed May 10, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/a-comparative-study-of-urban-poverty-among-migrants-and-indigenes-in-the-communities-of-chorkor-and-old-fadama-accra