Migration

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    Keeping the Faith: On the spiritual dimensions of South Sudanese exile in Arua, north-west Uganda #LSEreturn

Keeping the Faith: On the spiritual dimensions of South Sudanese exile in Arua, north-west Uganda #LSEreturn

While material support is vital for the survival of displaced people, there are also spiritual and religious consequences of exile, says LSE’s Elizabeth Storer.

 

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa. Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through […]

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    Photo Essay: Seeing Displacement through Ethnographic Photography #LSEreturn

Photo Essay: Seeing Displacement through Ethnographic Photography #LSEreturn

Visual and written narratives about conflict and victimhood tend to generate a series of much-repeated tropes. In this article, LSE’s Elizabeth Storer unveils a project which seeks to present a more accurate portrayal of displacement through the medium of photography.

 

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return […]

The Politics of Return: An agenda for research #LSEreturn

As the AHRC-ESRC PaCCs-funded Politics of Return series is launched, Professor Tim Allen and Dr Anna Macdonald discuss why it is more important than ever to investigate the dynamics of return and reintegration in Central and Eastern Africa.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration […]

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    Desperately Poor Countries Host Refugees While the Affluent World Abandons Them

Desperately Poor Countries Host Refugees While the Affluent World Abandons Them

Yohannes Woldemariam argues that European leaders could learn from Uganda’s compassionate policy towards refugees.

The distinguished scholar and humanitarian activist Noam Chomsky places Western attitudes towards refugees “among the signs of the severe moral-cultural crisis… that is mislabelled a ‘refugee crisis.’” According to the latest report of Amnesty International:

Measures implemented by EU leaders to strengthen search and rescue capacity in […]

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 […]

Neglected drivers of urbanisation in Africa

The common assumption that rural-to-urban migration is the primary source of rapid urban population growth in Africa is flawed. Natural population increase within urban areas and rural transformation are also important forces. Policies aimed at easing population pressure in urban areas by discouraging migration are therefore unlikely to succeed, argues Sean Fox.

Most economists and policymakers assume that rural-urban 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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    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 […]

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