African Mobilities

Links to information resources. NAI library staff has started compiling this to coincide with the Nordic Africa Days 2018 which will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, 19-21 September 2018 The theme is African Mobilities – Reshaping narratives and practices of circulation and exchange.

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Mobilities have always been central to economic, social, cultural, and political formations across the African continent. In light of rising concerns over mass displacement and irregular migration towards the global North, the movement of people tends to be seen in an intellectually limiting and politically hostile manner.

The unequal distribution of social mobility continues to raise concerns relating to economic and political prospects for African polities. These different mobilities, moreover, combine and overlap in significant ways that are often neglected in public debates and policy initiatives.

By highlighting the multiplicity of mobilities that characterise contemporary Africa and the wider world today, as well as the social, cultural, economic and political anchorage of these movements in localised understandings and agendas, the theme African Mobilities encourages a holistic understanding of human movements as embedded in wider webs of circulation and exchange.

Text from the Call for Papers to the Nordic Africa Days 2018.

NAI library collection

Clicking on the links will bring you to our search tool AfricaLit Plus, where you can narrow down or expand your query. Print titles are usually available for loan within the Nordics, and quite a few titles are freely available online.

Find titles on these themes from a 'mobilities viewpoint':


Online resources, the country of origin information system of the Austrian Red Cross (ACCORD), gathers, structures and processes publicly available country of origin information.


UNHCRs information system where they gather and structure country of origin information from different, reliable sources.


The Enough Project focuses on five areas in Africa, Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan, Eastern Congo, Lord’s Resistance Army and Somalia.


European Asylum Support Office and a few other actors manage this Country of Origin Information database, which is partly open to the public.

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