Kin networks and migration in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State
The study explores the impact of kin networks on migration in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The Social network theory of migration formed the theoretical base for this study. The survey research design was employed to investigate this phenomenon among 380 respondents. The non-probability (snowball technique) sampling technique was used in selecting 13 migrants‘ streams in Sagbama Town through the questionnaire instrument. Analysis of the data collected for the study was based on frequency distribution table and simple percentages; chi square and multiple linear regression at 0.05 level of significance using SPSS version 20.0 The result showed that most migrants moved to Sagbama Town stage-by-stage. Also, significant influence of kin networks was found to be the major motivating factor of most migrants. The study concluded that kin networks are fundamental in migrants‘ movement in the study area. It was therefore, recommended that development of rural areas should be set as priority agenda by government.
Keywords: Kin networks, migration, coping strategies, Network theory, Social Support etc