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Examining the Human Cost of Migration Policies in Africa

15 September 2020

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Migratory movements are inherent to the cultural, social, and economic development of many countries of origin, transit, and destination, be it on the African continent or beyond. Mobility in all its forms is often an essential coping mechanism for survival and is becoming even more important to populations in zones impacted by climate change and environmental degradation. When possibilities and coping mechanisms are not available in-country, cross-border displacement is often the only available option for people to avoid further erosion of their fundamental rights, notably in situations of armed conflict and other situations of violence. The displacement of populations, internal or cross-border, is often coupled with serious food insecurity, lack of access to basic services, increased vulnerabilities, human rights abuses, and protection threats.

Along Migration routes, many migrants, including refugees and other people in need of international protection, may remain trapped in a dangerous situation or find themselves stranded in countries in conflict, others may consider undertaking or return on dangerous migratory journeys, whether at sea or via land. Along the route, migrants are faced with situations that increase the risk of them going missing or dying. Migrants, including refugees, are often exposed to different forms of abuse that not only increase their vulnerabilities but create additional protection needs. In the midst of these challenges, vulnerable migrants, especially those in an irregular situation, are often becoming invisible or inaccessible. This goes against the fundamental needs for protection of people from critical and pervasive threats, abuses, and situations.

Speakers  :

  • Joelle Rizk, Migration/IDP Adviser, ICRC 
  • Dr. iur Mehari Taddele Maru, Part-time Professor, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Mr. Sabelo Mbokazi, Head of Division of Labor, Employment and Migration, AU

Opening remarks:

  • Dr. Yonas A. Adeto, Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies/IPSS
  • Mr. Bruce Mokaya Orina, Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC)


  • Dr. Yonas A. Adeto, Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies/IPSS/

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15 September 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EAT
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Institute for Peace & Security Studies (IPSS)