Blog On The Move

Rebuilding Lives at the Borders – Conference


Jan 15, 2019
Categories: Discussion

The Scalabrinian Centre for Migration Studies (CSEM) of Brasilia (Brazil) in partnership with Weltkirche of Germany, the Bienvenue Shelter in Johannesburg and the Congregation of Scalabrianians Missionary Sisters invited SIHMA to this interesting Conference on 4-6 December 2018, supported by the South Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), Radio Veritas and Lumko Institute. The results of researchers on migrants, refugees and people directly involved in serving these populations in the border areas of Angola-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique-South...

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New Year, new Blog!


Jan 02, 2019
Categories: Discussion

The Team at SIHMA will be keeping you up to date about human mobility in the African continent. We launch our new blog which will have regular weekly posts every Tuesday on all research, events and activities happening in Africa concerning migrants, refugees and people on the move.We start with our first blog, wishing you an Happy New Year that’s about to begin, full of surprise and joy and everything you want in life.

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Women are migrating to follow their aspirations


Dec 11, 2018
Categories: Discussion

As of 2017, the total number of international migrants is estimated at around 258 million of which 48 percent are women. The term feminization of migration indicates an increase in the percentage of female migrants and refers to women who migrate independently. Scholars debate whether the feminization of migration is a new phenomenon or not. Some argue that women have always migrated but their movements were of less interest to academics. Between 1960 and 2015, the female share...

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Spazas, Foreigners, and Crime – It’s More Complicated than That


Jun 13, 2017
Categories: Discussion

In May 2008, the world watched in shock as xenophobic violence raged across South Africa. Nationals violently attacked foreign nationals, displacing tens of thousands of migrants and brutally killing over 60. Migrants’ properties and businesses were destroyed in great numbers, with over 550 foreign-owned shops looted or burned to the ground. This storm of attacks ushered in a decade of rising awareness of xenophobic violence among South Africans, and it has become widely assumed that this violence and accompanying xenophobic...

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Caught in a Catch-22: Child Migrants in South Africa – Are short-term plans and implementation gaps putting foreign children at risk?


Jun 13, 2017
Categories: Discussion

In 2004, a court case brought by the Centre for Child Law reflected the severe challenges and restrictions that children face in the South African migration landscape. Responding to the detention of over 100 children at Lindela, including some who were illegally held with adults, the Pretoria High Court ruled that such detention of minors was unlawful and a shameful transgression against the children’s rights and interests. In spite of this, approximately 50 children have been discovered at Lindela since...

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Migration-Security Nexus vs Migration-Development nexus. Is decolonization of migration a third way?


Jun 13, 2017
Categories: Discussion

The shift towards the securitization of migration is complete and this is not a news. However, so far, the debate around security and migration has involved countries in the Global North, while on the African continent discussions have privileged the migration for development paradigm and its agenda. Nonetheless, the security paradigm is gaining consensus amongst African states, some of which receive financial aid from the European Union to stop irregular migration. Countries such as Niger, Ethiopia and Sudan have put in place interventions aiming...

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