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IPSS and FES hold validation workshop on joint research project “African Voices from the Ground”

On 27 April 2018, IPSS and FES conducted a one-day validation workshop on the Migration Dialogue Platform joint research “African Voices from the Ground” draft report.


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A total of 15 participants participated in the workshop, including four participating universities (from Ethiopia, Senegal, Mali and South Africa); Prof. Amr Abdalla, the Senior Researcher; teams from IPSS and FES working on the project as well as other invited stakeholders.


The African continent is arguably the most affected continent due to the high numbers of migrants and refugees caused by migration and forced displacement. The increasing flow of migration worldwide has created a new momentum for policy dialogues and opened new avenues to discuss the topic in a more comprehensive way. The debate about migration is no longer confined to only Africa or Asia, but has now reached global fora at the levels of the G7, G20 and others.


Migration is a highly complex topic in today’s globalized world that should be discussed by a diverse group of stakeholders. The reasons behind migration, both forced and voluntary, are multifaceted. People move due to violent conflict, political oppression, family ties abroad, search for a better life, environmental degradation, etc. In order to develop long term approaches that address migration and flight properly, it is important to discuss, unpack and understand its root causes.


This research aims at understanding voices from the ground on the issue of migration in five African regions, namely the North (Senegal), West (Mali), East (Ethiopia) and South (South Africa). The research focuses on collecting information from citizens and civil society organizations, in addition to government officials and professionals working on migration issues in those communities.  The data gathered will concentrate on “the voices from the ground” as they relate to:


  • Motives for migration among members of those communities
  • How risk is managed and calculated as part of the migration process
  • The benefits to the community from the migration of its individuals
  • The actual impact (benefit and loss) of migration on those communities.


The research data collected from the five regions will be holistically and regionally analyzed. The results will be evaluated through a policy focus, leading to findings and suggested recommendations suitable for deliberations among scholars, practitioners and policymakers in migration platforms in both Africa and Europe.


The countries were chosen because they represent a mix of countries of origin, transit and destination. The workshop was fruitful as valuable input was made on the draft report that participating universities and the Senior Researcher now need to take into account and update the report accordingly. Discussions were based on main findings and recommendations, what worked well in terms of research and what could have been done better.


It is hoped that the report will be completed by the end of May 2018 and shared with key stakeholders for possible action on the recommendations therein.


Click here to view photos from the workshop.