Tag Archive: Mobility in Africa
Press Review 03 November 2015
Between the violence against foreign shop-owners in Grahamstown and the scenes of Syrians arriving at Europe’s borders, it is clear that migration continues to be a policy issue that, quite literally, knows no borders. In a world that is increasingly inter-connected and with populations that are progressively more mobile, it is unlikely that migratory flows will decrease.Political stability and the resulting environment of peace and security could contribute to the end of forced migration of millions of Africans and misery, endemic diseases and socio-economic and technological underdevelopment.
Regional Integration and Regional Migration Trends: Home Affairs, IOM & African Centre for Migration & Society briefing
Three entities briefed the Committee on regional integration and regional migration trends. The International Organisation on Migration (IOM), the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) and the Department of Home Affairs
Press Review 51: 10-27 April 2015
According to the police, over one thousand foreign nationals in South Africa have fled their homes following sequences of xenophobic violence by South Africans in Durban. The ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, believes that the answer to the so-called xenophobia in the country is establishing refugee camps. International migrants are often accused of stealing jobs that are meant for locals in South Africa, but the data from research presents a far more nuanced picture. People have begun to gather in Johannesburg in preparation for a march against the scourge of xenophobic attack which has plagued the country. Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries' discontent at Pretoria's handling of attacks on immigrants. Kenya has given the United Nations three months to get rid of a camp accommodating more than half a million Somali refugees. More than 5800 Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda this month amid fears of violence before presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. The boat carrying an estimated 700 migrants, mostly Libyan refugees risking their lives to make dangerous passage from North Africa to Europe in the Mediterranean Sea capsized.
ICMA 2014 Conference Report
The International Conference on Migration in Africa (ICMA) held on 3 December 2014 at the University of the Western Cape provided a forum to connect local, African and international scholars, academics, researchers, practitioners, professionals, policy makers and NGO representatives to discuss issues relating to human mobility in Africa. There were three panel sessions, with international and African experts, that covered the issues of south-south migration, the nexus between migration and development, irregular migration and reintegration of returnee migrants. The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) was also launched at the conference along with the recent research “Africans on the Move” that highlights the migration innovations, concerns, and practical challenges encountered in the countries Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Press Review 47: 14-17 November 2014
Scott Morrison adviser says asylum claim proposals put refugees at risk. Burmese refugees pay up to $1,000 for official refugee status in Malaysia. Indonesia says Australia's decision to reject refugees creates bilateral tension. Somalia: Terrorism Fears Cripple Rotten Aid System in Hungry Somalia. Congo-Kinshasa: UN Warns of Humanitarian 'Catastrophe' As Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Katanga. Congo-Kinshasa: Police Operation Kills 51 Youth. Ebola crisis now 'stable' in Guinea, WHO says. More than 600 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, says Italian coastguard. South Africa: Special Zim Permit Deadline Looms.
Africans on the Move – Ghana Workshop
SIHMA, in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies at the University of Education, Winneba, hosted the Ghana dissemination workshop on 212 November 2014.
Africans on the move – English Version
Human mobility plays an important role in the history of the African continent. Over the past decades, migration trends and patterns have modified due to the globalization of the labour market and the socio-economic and political transformations which have affected most African societies. For many sending countries labour migration represents a strategy to support livelihoods and reduce poverty. Climate change, natural disasters and crises undermining the political stability of African states have generated large numbers of refugees. This publication contains an analysis of four-country profiles on human mobility in Ghana, Nigeria, Angola and South Africa. It reflects relevant data and trends concerning migration and asylum flows, identifies government agencies, academic institutions and civil society groups dealing with migrants and refugees in the listed countries. The study also provides a critical assessment of the migration and asylum governance and points out some relevant research gaps and areas for further research.
AHMR Call for Papers
The African Human Mobility Review is extending an open call for papers to its inaugural edition of the online journal Volume 1(1) January 2015. The submission date for manuscripts is 30 October 2014. For submission guidelines and additional information view the Journal page or contact the Chief editor on firstname.lastname@example.org