Migration across borders: from global to local experiences and perspectives


The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in collaboration with the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) held a workshop on 'Migration across borders: from global to local experiences and perspectives'.

SAIIA and the ACMS held a workshop on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, during which panellists explored how international developments related to migration are affecting the African continent and the Southern African region. Inputs focused on the United Nations-led process of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and its attempts to create an international framework for improved and enhanced migration management. Discussions centred on both the feasibility of such an initiative and the African response to these issues.

The second half of the workshop explored regional and domestic perspectives on migration. Panellists discussed the similarities and differences between Africa’s regional economic blocs towards migration management, specifically the approaches of the Southern African Development Community and the East African Community. Thereafter, presenters also explored specific in-country case studies of migration management at a domestic level, while also engaging with the intersectionality between migration management and health policies.

This workshop brought together academics, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing migration management at a domestic and international level. It included presentations from Asmita Parshotam, representing SAIIA, and Professor Jo Vearey and Dr Jean-Pierre Misago, representing the ACMS, together with other African experts.

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9 May 2018