Centering the Voices of African Migrants in Africa/European Union (EU) Migration Debates
The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) in South Africa, and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Sweden, are hosting a two-webinar series. Both events aim to provide a platform to bridge the gap between African and EU policymakers and African migrants in light of the first global, holistic, inter-governmental document on migration: the 2018 United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Regular, and Orderly Migration.
The webinars aim to consolidate a 100-member Community of Practice (CoP) on implementing the UN Global Compact on Migration, which was formed in 2019 by IPATC. The webinars will provide a further opportunity for key African and European actors to explore their often divergent perspectives on migration issues and policies, and to gain a deeper understanding of Africa/EU migration. In addition, the meetings will provide a platform for policymakers and migration analysts to hear first-hand the voices of African migrants, which are often silenced in important policy debates or framed in victimhood.
- Mr Joseph Peters, migrant from Sierra Leone, Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC), Italy.
- Dr Joy Kategekwa, Strategic Advisor to the Regional Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, New York.
Dr Adeoye Akinola, Senior Researcher, IPATC Johannesburg, South Africa.
The key outputs of the webinar series will be a 6-page policy brief and two newspaper articles which will be widely disseminated among African and European audiences to influence the perspectives of key African, EU, UN and International Organization for Migration (IOM) officials, and enhance migration policy development across Africa and Europe.
The webinars build on previous IPATC/NAI policy work on Africa/EU migration, including a two-part webinar series in June 2020 on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Africa/EU Migration”, from which a policy brief was published under the same title; and a 21-chapter edited book on Africa/EU migration is being prepared by IPATC and the NAI, with all the authors also invited to take part in the 2021 webinars.