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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics

From: Analysis of livelihood activity amongst itinerant west African migrant traders in the Accra metropolitan area

Socio-demographic characteristics Number Percent
Country of origin
 Benin 39 5.0
 Burkina Faso 32 4.1
 Mali 176 22.6
 Niger 329 42.2
 Nigeria 146 18.7
 Togo 49 6.3
 Other 8 1.1
Sex
 Male 694 89.1
 Female 85 10.9
Age in completed years
  < 20 89 11.4
 20–29 479 61.5
 30–39 164 20.0
 40–49 55 7.1
Marital status
 Never married 462 59.3
 Married 294 37.7
 Widowed 13 1.7
 Divorced/Separated 10 1.3
Educational attainment
 No formal education 520 66.7
 Basic education 188 31.1
 Secondary/tertiary 16 2.2
Religious affiliation
 Christianity 23 3.0
 Islam 756 97.0
Household size
 1–4 335 42.5
 5–8 250 32.1
  > 8 194 24.9
Occupation before migration
 Artisan 9 1.2
 Trading 150 19.3
 Services 50 6.4
 Farming 505 64.8
 Unemployed 58 7.4
 Other 7 0.9
Duration in trade (in years)
 1–4 633 81.3
 5–8 129 16.6
  ≥9 17 2.1
  1. Source: Field survey, 2017