SIHMA’s work is founded on the Scalabrini ethos and inspired by universal values such as respect for human dignity and diversity. Our Vision is an Africa where the human rights of people on the move are ensured and their dignity is promoted; our Mission is to conduct research that contributes to the development of informed policies that ensure the rights and dignity of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Africa.

Main activities

  • Research: SIHMA’s research activities are in line with its goal to contribute to informed policy-making and advocacy. Among its recent research projects are: The role of the South African Media in the representation of Immigrants; The Evolution of Migration Policy in Post-apartheid South Africa: Emerging themes and new challenges; The assessment of Refugee Status Cessation in South Africa: a case study of Angola and International migration in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A call for a global research agenda.
  • Publications: SIHMA regularly publishes the African Human Mobility Review (AHMR) an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed on-line journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects (socio-economic, political, legislative and developmental) of Human Mobility in Africa.
  • International and national dialogue: SIHMA organizes national and international workshops, seminars and conferences on migration issues concerning Africa, to disseminate research outputs and integrate the community of migration scholars.
  • Training and formation: In collaboration with the Institute for Social Development at the University of the Western Cape, in 2017, SIHMA will launch an elective course for Master Students on Migration & Development. SIHMA is planning to train pastoral agents on migration related issues in South Africa and the SADC region.
  • Resource centre: SIHMA’s resource centre provides information services, such as direct search of the contents of external libraries, CD-ROM databases, access to mutual information sources, and keeps bibliographies of research. The centre maintains a specialized library of books, periodicals, and documents, an important resource for research, advocacy and policymaking.