This thesis aims to understand what role the Senegalese government plays in determining migration from Senegal to Europe. By studying the government s organisation of migration policies and current agreements on migration regulation between Senegal and European states, it seeks to assess three questions: 1) what is the Senegalese government s approach to migration from Senegal to Europe?, 2) when and why does the Senegalese government choose to cooperate with Europe on measures intended to regulate migration?, and 3) how can existing agreements on migration regulation affect patterns of migration from Senegal to Europe? The analysis is supported by empirical data from interviews with relevant contributors in Senegal migration policy making and statistical data on migration flows from secondary sources. Based on the analysis, the thesis reveals that numerous factors underlie the Senegalese government s decision-making regarding migration regulation and cooperation with European actors. It is found that the Senegalese government has a potential to determine the geographical pattern of migration by affecting migration capabilities, while the government s current role is less significant. The thesis focus on the Senegalese government contributes to the general understanding of what role the sending state can play in international migration management, and in which ways cooperation between sending and receiving states can determine patterns of migration.