SIHMA | Scalabrini Institute For Human Mobility In Africa

SIHMA Annual Report 2022

SIHMA’s annual report for 2022 has now been released with information about the organisation and its activities from 2022 to 2023. The report covers SIHMA’s four key focus areas, namely Research; Publications; Training and Capacity Building; and Events, as well as more general information about the organisation and its work. You can find a link to an online version of the report at the bottom of this page.

"He listened to the cry of migrants, spoke in their name and defended their rights”. These words resounded recently on 9 October 2022 in a packed, vibrant and colourful St. Peter’s Square in Rome, while John Baptist Scalabrini, Bishop of Piacenza at the end of the 19th century, was proclaimed Saint, a model for the Catholic faithful, as father of the migrants, refugees, seafarers and people on the move. This was not merely a religious celebration, but an international reminder that no man, whatever his religious belief, social or political background, ethnic or linguistic affiliation, can remain indifferent to the massive movement of people on our planet. And above all, as is the case with Scalabrini, we cannot ignore the gulf of inequality, injustice and abuse that accompanies the causes, journeys, and situations in the countries of departure / homelands of those who emigrate in search of a better future. He listened, he spoke, he acted. These verbs encompass the process which underlies the work and dedication of the many people who still carry on Scalabrini’s moral and spiritual legacy around the world. Individuals, communities, and organisations inspired by his vision, seek daily to offer welcome spaces of protection, opportunities for human promotion and real integration for migrants, especially the most vulnerable. Among these organisations, we are proud to count on the African continent our SIHMA Study Centre, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town and the Child and Youth Care Centre Lawrence House. In this report you will find how SIHMA, through the work of research, publication, training, and dissemination of findings, aims to disseminate a deeper knowledge of human mobility that can reach all kinds of audiences - from academia to civil society, from those engaged in fieldwork to the simply ‘curious about the subject’. We support concrete actions of advocacy, empowerment, and capacity building that make migrants, protagonists, and contributors to the receiving society. Each organisation of our network, with its specificity and competence, contributes to making Scalabrini’s effort to ensure that human mobility is not a forced and painful choice, but a free process that, regulated with wisdom and justice by human laws, leads to the full realisation of man and the promotion of the common good."

Message from the Director

The annual report gives an overview of the events organised and attended by SIHMA. Some of the events include:

Ø  Statelessness in Africa Workshop

Ø  African migration and the work of the Scalabrini Network Virtual lecture

Ø  Research Collaboration: MIDEQ

Ø  Scalabrini Day Event

The report also gives an overview of the research and publications by SIHMA in 2022. This includes research blog posts, articles, briefing papers, and reports, as well as academic articles in our peer-reviewed on-line journal, African Human Mobility Review (AHMR). Updates on the research projects that the team was working on in the year 2022 are also given.

Lastly, the report contains information of the SIHMA team including a team of interns from around the world who worked tirelessly throughout the year to achieve the goals of the organisation. We would like to use this opportunity to thank them for their much-appreciated contributions to our work.


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