Migration by the poor is a scorching issue in the world today – both inside their own countries and on the international scene, the world’s poor are voting with their feet to escape poverty and make their bid for new lives in new places. Public anxiety is reaching fever pitch in the developed world, xenophobia is spreading, and governments everywhere are struggling to mobilize policies that will enable them to respond humanely and effectively to a rising human tide. How does Africa stand on migration?As the world’s poorest continent, Africa is seeing an increasing number of its citizens migrate from its rural sector to its cities and to new overseas destinations. In spite of new policy thinking from the African Union, African countries have not yet fully prioritised the migration issue in their public policy or through their shared institutions. Identifying this gap, the African Migration Alliance – a new network of policy researchers for the continent – has held an international workshop to ask the question: What are Africa’s policy concerns on migration? In intriguing new research papers the leading migration scholars of the continent give their views on new destinations, free movement of peoples, xenophobia, human trafficking and other migration issues, as they outline public priorities and work toward guidelines for future African migration policies.
1.Introduction Catherine Cross and Elizabeth Omoluabi2.Leading issues in international migration in sub-Saharan Africa Aderanti Adepoju3.Levels of urbanisation in Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone African countriesOumar Bouare4.Migration between Africa and Australia: Patterns, issues and implicationsGraeme Hugo5.A discussion of migration and migration patterns and flows in AfricaJonathan Mafukidze6.Migration and refugees in Eastern Africa: A challenge for the East African communityJohn O Oucho7.The Great Lakes Region crisis: addressing the challenge of displaced personsFranck Kamunga Cibangu8.The INDEPTH Network: A demographic resource on migration and urbanisation in Africa and AsiaMark Collinson and Kubaje Adazu9.Migrants’ contribution to rural development in south western NigeriaAkinyemi Akanni, Olaopa Olawale and Oloruntimehin Funmi10.Spatio-temporal patterns and trends of international migration in Botswana and their policy implications Thando D Gwebu11.Francophone Africans in Cape Town: A failed migration?Rodolf Lekogo12.Myth and rationality in Southern African responses to migration, displacement, and humanitarianismLoren B Landau13.Synthesis and conclusions: What are Africa’s issues in migration? Catherine Cross, Elizabeth Omoluabi, John Oucho and Franck Kamunga Cibangu
Catherine Cross is a Chief Research Specialist in the Urban, Rural and Economic Development Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)Derik Gelderblom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Africa (UNISA)Niel Roux is a Research Project Manager in the Population and Development Chief Directorate at the Department of Social DevelopmentJonathan Mafukidze is an Assistant Researcher in the Urban, Rural and Economic Development Research Programme of the HSRC
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