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Category: Migrants

Youth Day and The Release of Border Towns and Spaces of (In)visibility


Jun 12, 2024
Categories: Articles human rights Migrants Migration in Africa Refugees Report Research Research Project SIHMA vulnerable minors Youth migration

On the 16th of June, South Africa will come together and recognize Youth Day. In honor of Youth Day, SIHMA would like to recognize the importance of youth migration and its impacts on the advancement of opportunities.   

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Remittances: Emerging digital technologies and cross-border food remittances


May 21, 2024
Categories: Migrants

Remittances play a significant role in supporting millions of families and communities globally. Every year more than 200 million migrant workers send remittances to their families back home and these are in turn utilized for education, food, health care, clothing, and other basic commodities (JLIFAD, 2023). Remittances not only benefit direct recipients of the remittances but increases the country’s GDP and contribute to the attainment of the SDGs, particularly ending...

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THROUGH THEIR EYES: Migrant Narratives from the Rainbow Nation


Jan 23, 2024
Categories: Migrants Migration in Africa

In the heart of Cape Town, at Bertha House in Mowbray, an impactful event unfolded on the 18th of January 2024, bringing together diverse voices, experiences, and narratives. The event, titled "THROUGH THEIR EYES: Migrant Narratives from the Rainbow Nation," was a collaborative effort aimed at shedding light on the journeys, challenges, and successes of migrants living in South Africa. Organized by the Migration for development and equality (MIDEQ), in collaboration with the Royal Holloway University of London, ICT4D Collective,...

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National Reconciliation Day 2023: Embracing Unity by Recognizing the Contribution of Migrants, Refugees, and Asylees


Dec 15, 2023
Categories: Migrants Migration in Africa

As South Africa prepares to mark National Reconciliation Day on 16 December 2023, SIHMA recognizes the vital role of migrants, refugees, and asylees in shaping the narrative of inclusive nation-building. Under the theme "Strengthening unity and social cohesion in a healing nation," this year's celebration provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of all who live in South Africa, including those who have crossed borders in search of peace and prosperity. National Reconciliation Day stands as a testament to the...

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Migration and Mental Health


Oct 12, 2023
Categories: Event Migrants

Photo by Total_Shape on Pixabay Mental health is important for every individual at every stage of life, from childhood to adulthood, however, many people tend to ignore issues of mental health unless there are serious symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2023) mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress,...

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Migration as an economic avenue for women


Aug 29, 2023
Categories: Gender and migration Migrants

Photo by Mohamed_Hassan on Pixabay As we conclude women’s month in South Africa we give special attention to women migrant workers, have migrated to seek economic opportunities to ensure sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families. According to ILO (2023), feminisation of labour migration is increasing with women accounting for slightly half of all the international migrants globally. In South Africa, large numbers of migrant women live in the country, in...

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