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“Border towns and spaces of (in)visibility: Study of young people on the move in the border towns of Chipata and Katete, Zambia”

The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa will be hosting an event to launch the “Border towns and spaces of (in)visibility: A Study of young people on the move in the border towns of Chipata and Katete, Zambia”. This event comes as part of a series of 2024 events to celebrate 10 years of SIHMA’s existence and research on human mobility with the aim to bridge the gap between academia and practice by informing programmes, policies, and advocacy for people on the move.

In 2023, SIHMA undertook research to understand the experiences of young people on the move in two border areas in Zambia (Chipata and Katete) with the aim of further developing service, protection, and support strategies for migrant children in border areas across the region. Through this event SIHMA will give an overview of the experiences of young people in the border towns drawing from the study and this will be responded to by stakeholders working with youth and adolescents specifically and migrants more generally in border areas in Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi. We will also discuss the methodology of participatory research used in the study – showing particularly how drawings and visual mapping provide important and sensitive approaches to conducting research with young migrants and other marginalised groups.

The main aim of the launch is not only to share the study findings and responses but to brainstorm on possible responses or strategies to strengthen the protection and support of young migrants in border areas and ensure that they are prioritized in the development agenda. We would therefore like to invite stakeholders working with migrants and especially children on the move (this can include advocacy, research, policy making) to attend this special event to join in our discussion and strategising.

The event will be held on the 24th of April 2024 from 9:00 to 13:00 at the Holy Cross Hall in District Six, Cape Town. Attendance is strictly by invitation and if you would like to attend please send an email to by the  12th of April 20


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