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Exclusion of migrant women | Access to health care


Nov 10, 2020
Categories: news

  Continuing the Series on Migrant Women. In the first edition of SIHMA’s series on the exclusion of migrant women, we discussed the particular lack of access to the labour market and the exclusion of migrant women from labour-related policy making (1). This second article addresses the even more intimate issue that is physical and mental well-being and access to health services. Indeed reports, such as the 2018 World Health Organization (WHO)  reports entitled...

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World Day for Migrants and Refugees – Forced like Jesus Christ to Flee


Sep 29, 2020
Categories: news

16 Sunday, September 27th is the 106th World Day for Migrants and Refugees. On this day, the Vatican invites the world to look at migrants and refugees’ plight and highlights the role of the Church in their protection. This year, Pope Francis dedicated the day to the pastoral care of internally displaced persons with the message “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee. Welcoming, protecting, promoting...

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Female Migrants in the Informal Sector (Ghana)


Sep 15, 2020
Categories: news

Of the 272 million migrants worldwide, 47.9% of them are females (1). Most are workers in the informal business sector, and oftentimes face different challenges than their male counterparts (2). Published in the most recent African Human Mobility Review, Fabian Sebastian Achana and Augustine Tanle of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, document the circumstances, motivations, lived experiences, and future aspirations of female migrants engaged in informal sector businesses in...

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Female Migrants and Refugees Leaving a Positive Mark within their Communities


Aug 11, 2020
Categories: news

Over the past 60 years, there has been an increase in the number of females migrants migrating for work, education, and as the heads of the households (1). Currently, 47.9%, around 130 million of the international migrant stock are females (1). In Africa, 48% of migrants are females, with male migrants experiencing more growth in the recent years. Many news stories have warned about the possibilities of female migrants facing stronger discrimination, often having to face double discrimination...

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As Borders are Reopening, what does it mean for Migrants?


Jul 14, 2020
Categories: news

Border closures, physical distancing, lockdowns, and subsequent restricted onward mobility of the COVID-19 pandemic has been heavily impacting the lives and wellbeing of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The restrictions have not only stopped the movement of people and goods, but also domestic and international remittances (1). Diaspora communities in the Global North, in addition to South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda are experiencing job losses, and the remittances that sustain 40% of Somalis are rapidly diminishing (1). Despite,...

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Documentation, Documentation, Documentation!


Jul 07, 2020
Categories: news

When we consider people on the move and their interaction with government authorities or access to services one of the matters that is often raised is identification and/or enabling documentation and the absence thereof presents with a number of challenges. We regularly hear about documentation allowing for migration via regular channels or that a migrant migrated via irregular channels because they did not have the requisite documentation. The absence of documentation for migrants creates another layer of vulnerability...

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