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Refugees in Malawi, Migrants’ Right to Vote, and Mandela Day Globally


Jul 13, 2021
Categories: Articles

Malawi has been receiving refugees for decades.  It initially began receiving refugees from Mozambique as citizens struggled against Portuguese rule and thereafter received over a million refugees from Mozambique in the 1980s and in the early 1990s who fled the civil war [1]. Since then, Malawi has been the host to tens of thousands of refugees [1]. According to the UNHCR, there were a total number of 52,258 refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi as of May 31,...

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June 2021 - Press Review


Jul 08, 2021
Categories: press review

National Coverage   South Africa’s patchwork treatment of refugees and asylum seekers shows much to be done to ensure human rights for all Daily Maverick- 17/06/2021 Although the laws and policies in South Africa that apply to refugees and asylum seekers are more progressive than others, there is still a lot to be done regarding their rights. In South Africa, what qualifies a refugee is taken from...

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Probing the Context of Vulnerability: Zimbabwean Migrant Women’s Experiences of Accessing Public Health Care in South Africa


Jul 06, 2021
Categories: news

SIHMA had the pleasure of reading the latest edition of the African Human Mobility Review (AHMR) Volume 7 Number 1 and specifically in this blog post focuses on the first article named ‘Probing the Context of Vulnerability: Zimbabwean Migrant Women’s Experiences of Accessing Public Health Care in South Africa’ by Victoria M Mutambara and Maheshvari Naidu [1]. You can find the article here.  SIHMA has also previously written a blog post about this Volume of...

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Volcano Eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Jun 29, 2021
Categories: Articles

What happened On Saturday May 22nd 2021, the first reports of an eruption of the Volcano Nyiragongo, located north of the city of Goma in North Kivu province, began to surface on media websites about 19.30 West African Time [2]. The eruptive nature of the eruption was rapidly verified, with reports of power outages, individuals self-evacuating, and thousands of people leaving their houses on foot, carrying mattresses and other belongings as lava surged towards...

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World Refugee Day 2021


Jun 22, 2021
Categories: Event

The United Nations General Assembly introduced World Refugee Day in 2001.  Before 2001, June 20th was celebrated as African Refugee Day, introduced in 1975.  This day was established in 1975 by the then Organization for African Unity, now called the African Union.  Today, the two days coincide to honor refugees around the world.  It celebrates the dignity of the forcibly displaced. [1] Who is a refugee? According to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee...

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Youth Day 2021


Jun 16, 2021
Categories: Event

Sport: A valuable tool for social inclusion amongst migrant youth in South Africa According to UNHCR [1], at least 79.5 million people had been forced to flee their homes by the end of 2019 worldwide. By 2020, South Africa hosted 2,9 million migrants [6]. This equals approximately 4,8% of the total South African population [6]. At mid-year 2020, 27.3 % of International Migrants in Africa were 19 years old and under and young migrants aged 15...

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