Migration

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    Book Review: Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier

Book Review: Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier

In Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier set out to offer solutions to the flawed system of refugee management that has gained increasing attention through the emergence of the crisis discourse surrounding migration. While this ambitious book sets out to challenge this through restoring a narrative of hope, Gayle Munro questions whether its underlying optimism […]

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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    Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Olivette Otele argues that economic considerations and research about the development of Africa could very well be intellectual wars by proxy over racial superiority and over the question of what Europe could have achieved with or without enslaved Africans as commodities, labour and reproductive tools.

Over the last 80 years or so, the history of the transatlantic slave trade and […]

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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 […]

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    Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

You may have already have seen our Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year, so you may be wondering what this is about. Well, this is to capture notable articles which did not make it into the Top 10, but stood out in other ways. This could be the way they resonated with their readers or how aptly they […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on 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 […]

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