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The 1969 OAU Refugee Convention – A Vital Pillar for Human Dignity in Africa


Dec 05, 2023
Categories: African Union Migration in Africa Migration Policies

As the world faces unprecedented levels of conflict, displacement, and migration, the need to ensure the rights and dignity of asylum seekers and refugees is more urgent than ever. While international discussion of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees intensifies, it is essential to shed light on another legal instrument that plays a critical role in protecting those forced to flee their homes – the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention. In response to new...

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“The nexus of human trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees"


Nov 28, 2023
Categories: Refugees Trafficking in Persons Discussion

  “Refugees at Risk: UNDOC uncovers human trafficking at camp in Malawi.” – UNDOC, May 2022. “IOM warns of increased risk of trafficking in persons for people fleeing Ukraine.” – IOM, March 2022.  “Girls sold into forced labour. Largest group of trafficking victims identified by IOM in Bangladesh refugee camps” – IOM, October 2018.  Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons refers to “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or...

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The White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection: Towards a Complete Overhaul of Migration Protection


Nov 21, 2023
Categories: Migration Policies news

Photo byJacques Nel on Unsplash On 10 November 2023, the Department of Home Affairs, South Africa published “The White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection: Towards a Complete Overhaul of Migration Protection”.  This follows after the decision to embark on drafting of the new law which addresses the citizenship, immigration and refugee protection needs in the country. The White Paper has been published in the Government Gazette No. 49661 on 10 November 2023. The public and different...

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Negotiating Livelihood and Belonging: An Explorative Study of the Resources Available to African Migrant Women in South Africa


Nov 14, 2023
Categories: Gender and migration

Studying migration, in the South African context, requires an unfolding of historical and contemporary experiences. These experiences are often woven together with cultural, societal, economic, political, and bureaucratic challenges. While the challenges faced by African migrant women are diverse and complex, gender often influences the nature and intensity of these experiences. African migrant women often find themselves at the nexus of discrimination and marginalization within South Africa. Studies have shown that migrant women’s experiences and navigation of everyday...

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Lessons from Niger's Opportunity Villages: A Model for Migration and Integration


Nov 07, 2023
Categories: Migration in Africa

In the heart of Niger, Garin Kaka and two other "opportunity villages" are redefining the narrative of migration and integration. These villages, born from a partnership between the UN Refugee Agency, the Niger government, and local leaders, provide an alternative to traditional refugee camps, demonstrating that the journey from displacement to integration is not only possible but also immensely enriching. In Garin Kaka, Nigerian refugees and local residents are not merely coexisting but thriving, transcending borders and forging deep connections....

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November Press Review


Nov 02, 2023
Categories: news

International There are no better experts on refugees than refugees: Nhial Deng on why politicians need to listen The Guardian, 9 October 2023 That day was the start of an incredible journey for Deng, which culminated in him receiving a prestigious prize during the United Nations general assembly last month that recognised his work over the past 14 years in helping other refugees. Deng was born in Ethiopia, where his...

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