Migration Dynamics in Africa: Current Situation and Challenges For a Common Research Agenda

When :

from Wednesday 5 December, 2018
to Friday 7 December, 2018

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Université de Ben Guerir, Marrakech, Morocco

Contact :

Phinith Chanthalangsy, p.chanthalangsy@unesco.org

For almost thirty years now, the panorama of African migration on the continent and in the world has changed profoundly. Both international and intra-continental migrations are now attracting an interest that goes far beyond the strict local, regional, national or continental framework to become a subject of North-South negotiations, but also, on the continent itself, a subject of tensions and attempts to adjustments by States and societies.

In the context of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), 5-7 December 2018, Marrakech, Morocco, the National Council for Human Rights of Morocco and UNESCO are organising a seminar aimed at establishing outlines for an African agenda of multidisciplinary research on migration, focused on the issues that are identified as critical or those themes that currently get little attention.

This seminar is a follow-up of the International Conference on Southern Perspectives on Migration: Addressing Knowledge Production, Policies, and Cooperation, UNESCO organised in Johannesbourg, 5-7 September 2018.

Migration is an integral part of the history of the African continent. It dates back to the pre-colonial era and has continued during the colonial period. Labor needs for settlement development; their high cost and demographic limits have all contributed to this phenomenon. Geographic proximity as well as socio-cultural and economic links between countries and populations have favored long-distance migration. Intra-regional mobility has always occurred regardless of borders’ constraints, drawn at the time of colonization, sometimes dividing ethnic groups that stretch over several countries. Today, there are some 36 million migrants in Africa, out of a 1.25 billion population; representing 13% of all
migrants in the world.