African Perspectives on Migration

Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me

I became an undocumented migrant at age six and it changed my life writes Robtel Neajai Pailey.

 

For the millions of undocumented migrants across the globe, life unfolds above ground, but below the radar.

I should know.

When I was six years old, I plunged into a vortex of legal invisibility and remained trapped in its grip for nearly 15 years.

Born in Monrovia, […]

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    ‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

Geraldine Asiwome Adiku argues for effective means to make undocumented migrants become documented in the UK, as the state is benefiting from them despite not officially recognising them.

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’, Yaa Mansa1, a middle-aged Ghanaian woman told me when we met in London on a wet Wednesday evening in December of 2014. We met in a […]

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    To Return or Not to Return, That is the Question: highly skilled return migrants to Ghana

To Return or Not to Return, That is the Question: highly skilled return migrants to Ghana

Madeleine Wong examines how skilled professional Ghanaian return migrants articulate and navigate the challenges of readjustment.

It was 2011 when I was myself confronted with this very question. It was a pivotal year for me personally and professionally: I was on leave in Ghana for six months, recovering from serious health issues, and also contemplating my future at my current […]

Migration, insecurity and development in Central Africa

Papa Demba Fall takes an in-depth look into migration in Central Africa and the factors triggering human movement over the past few centuries.

The study of African migrations has historically been imbalanced, biased towards studies of West Africa and the Maghreb. Today’s studies largely focus on irregular movements towards Northern countries. The disproportionate attention that is paid to migration outside […]

Uganda’s Exceptional Approach to the Refugee Challenge

LSE’s Marina Elgawly discusses Uganda as a potential model for addressing the refugee crisis globally.

October 2016 marked the full dismantlement of “the Jungle”, the notorious refugee camp in Calais that had come to symbolise the failure of EU refugee and migrant policy. The squalor of Calais brought to light the current rhetoric which surrounds the global approach towards the […]

  • Permalink The trotro, or minivan pictured is what used by many Ghanaians to travel around the country and is the way people from the North travel to the South of the country for better opportunities

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    Responding to Violence Against Female Migrants in Accra: a need for change

Responding to Violence Against Female Migrants in Accra: a need for change

LSE’s Samantha Lattof addresses the lack of an appropriate response to violence against female kayayei migrants in Accra.

“Why was she beaten?  Did she steal something?” asked the triage nurse as we arrived in the Accident Centre.  I was well aware of the stigma and insults that female kayayei (singular kayayoo) migrants experience in Accra; it was a common theme […]

Leaders Must Recognise Migrants as Human Not Hapless

Robtel Neajai Pailey calls on leaders in New York to move beyond rhetorical statements and pledges about how to ‘protect’ nameless, faceless people on the move.

On 19 and 20 September 2016 in New York, the United Nations General Assembly and US president Barack Obama host back-to-back high-level summits to address large movements of refugees and migrants.

On the surface, the […]

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    Courting commotion? Changing migration dynamics on the southern route to South Africa

Courting commotion? Changing migration dynamics on the southern route to South Africa

As the migratory flow of Ethiopians continues along the southern route to South Africa, LSE alumnus Charles Mulingi examines the motivations, journey experiences, changing immigration rules in SA and possible impact on migration from the Horn of Africa.

Despite the international attention that is currently focussed on migratory flows directed towards Europe and other Western countries, the continued flow of […]

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    Parents in Somaliland are going to great lengths to stop their children from migrating to Europe

Parents in Somaliland are going to great lengths to stop their children from migrating to Europe

Nimo-ilhan Ali unveils one of the strategies used by Somali parents to prevent their children from undertaking the risky journey to Europe.

Discussions about the ‘migration crisis’ has largely been framed within the confinements of what European politicians and governments are doing or should be doing to halt the arrivals of a large number of people via the Mediterranean. Rarely […]

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