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Tag: Africa

Climate and Migration


Mar 30, 2021
Categories: news

  We often hear about forced migration and the plight of refugees or about labour migration and indeed about Climate Change. Yet we do not hear as readily about the impact of climate change and natural disasters on migration. It is important to reflect on this and to consider important steps that should be taken to protect and care for our planet and for the African Continent and her inhabitants. It is also crucial to advocate...

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People on the Move and Human Rights Day


Mar 19, 2021
Categories: news

  Human Rights Day is a national day that is observed annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa. Every year on March 21st, South Africa remembers the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 on Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day commemorates the struggle for a democratic South Africa by paying tribute to all those who fought and...

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A migrant is born


Dec 22, 2020
Categories: news

We have, over the centuries, done a great disservice to the Biblical challenge of Christmas. We have sadly reduced it to shiny tinsel, Christmas trees, strings of fairy lights and mince pies. All of which are fine in their own way but all of which also blunt us to the sharp challenge of the first Christmas and the politics that that commits us to. This is true for the poor, for the marginalised, for the peoples whose stories...

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A Comparison Between South African and United States’ Immigration Policy


Oct 20, 2020
Categories: news

  Comparison and Path to Permanent Residency:   Acquiring permanent residence in a country other than your birth country comes with trials and tribulations. As of 2019, the number of international migrants stood at approximately 272 million, making up 3.5 percent of the world’s population (1). In South Africa, the number of international migrants stands at approximately 4.2 million, and South Africa is the country with the largest number of international migrants on the...

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The Exclusion of Migrant Women in Africa | Access to the Labour Market


Oct 13, 2020
Categories: news

  About the blog series Studies show that intra African female migration is a growing phenomenon in recent years as more and more women migrate (1). For instance, since 1994, South Africa has received an influx of migrant women from various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa (2) and the proportion of female migrants in Sub-Saharan African has risen from 46.4 in 2005 to 47.5% in 2019 (3). Migrant women represent a particularly disadvantaged group: gender, ethnicity and racial discrimination...

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Statelessness of Migrant Children in South Africa and the Impact and Opportunity for Social Workers


Sep 01, 2020
Categories: news

Statelessness is an increasing phenomenon around the world and particularly on the African continent. At SIMHA, we are active in promoting research and awareness on statelessness in South Africa and beyond. In our latest edition of the African Human Mobility Review Journal, in a joint effort with the University of Western Cape, SIHMA published Ajwang Warria’s research paper titled “Stateless Transnational Migrant Children in South Africa: Implications and Opportunities for Social Work”1. This is the first time that...

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