Migration and Displacement in Contemporary Africa


  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•05•30    09:00 - 18:00

    Public debate and policy attention on migration has focused in recent years on so-called migration crises in the Mediterranean region and in Europe. Much less sustained attention has been given to the processes of migration and displacement in contemporary Africa, even though Sub-Saharan Africa hosts the largest numbers of refugees — more than 26% of the world’s refugee population. Moreover, most international migrants living in Africa move within the region, making intra-regional migration an important phenomenon.

    The UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) will hold a conference aimed at shedding light on the diverse dimensions and experiences of migration and forced displacement within contemporary Africa, and from Africa to other regions. The event will bring together scholars who examine this topic from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives, in order to foster a wide-ranging dialogue on the local, regional, and global implications of these movements.

    Speakers will address a range of themes within the African context, including:

    • the geopolitical impacts of US foreign policy on forced migration and displacement
    • the multifaceted decision-making processes of migrants
    • the ways in which EU policy discourses about migrant smuggling overlook complex historical, social, and political dynamics
    • experiences of xenophobia amongst migrant women
    • the agency and aspirations of migrants as they search for better livelihoods in their localities, regions, and further afield

    For more information, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-GCM website.