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African Shifts: Addressing Climate-Forced Migration & Displacement

Recommended research   published by The Africa Climate Mobility Initiative on April 4, 2023

By midcentury, climate impacts could drive up to 100 million Africans to migrate within their countries or regionally. Despite speeding urbanization, climate impacts will also force up to 4.2 million people out of coastal cities.

Nothing is more permanent than the temporary: Understanding protracted displacement and people’s own responses

Recommended research   published by Benjamin Etzold. et al., TRAFIG Synthesis Report, BICC on November 1, 2022

Most displaced people migrate not in search of a place but people—communities they know, trust, and can rely on for security, stability, and support while they get back on their feet. Thus, understanding existing or sought-after social connections must be part of policy responses for durable solutions to protracted displacement. Instead of place-based solutions—like camps—displaced people need multiple options to better navigate and move out of vulnerability.

COVID-19 and Africa’s Displacement Crisis

Spotlight   published by Wendy Williams on March 25, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in Africa is intersecting with the continent’s population displacement crisis. Protecting displaced persons and migrants will be key to reducing the overall rates of transmission.

Africa’s Population Displacement Reaches Record Levels in 2017

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on August 15, 2017

Africa’s humanitarian crises have continued to worsen in 2017. Twenty million Africans have been displaced from their homes and 44 million are acutely food insecure.

Humanitarian Need and Displacement in South Sudan

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 14, 2017

A spike in political violence since mid-2016 has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in South Sudan since its decades-long civil war with Sudan.

Population Displacement in Africa: Top 10 Countries of Origin

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 19, 2016

A snapshot of Africa’s displaced populations reveals that 71 percent of Africa’s 18.5 million displaced persons are from 5 countries (Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo), and while much of global attention has focused on refugee migration into Europe, two-thirds of Africa’s dislocated population are internally displaced.

Additional Reading on Migration and Forced Displacement

Recommended research   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 13, 2010

(See more recent readings on this topic here.) 32 Million Africans Forcibly Displaced by Conflict and Repression By Margaret E Peters and Michael K Miller, International Studies Quarterly, December 10, 2021 Authoritarian leaning governments find solace in emigration. It not only acts as a pressure valve releasing likely instigators of political contestation, but it also... Continue Reading

Culture, Democracy, and the Fight against Violent Extremism

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on June 18, 2024

Strengthening democratic institutions and amplifying traditional African values to promote social cohesion and consensus goes hand in hand with the fight against violent extremism.

African Migration Trends to Watch in 2024

Infographic   published by Wendy Williams on January 9, 2024

Structural factors continue to drive higher levels of migration within and out of Africa. While this represents a vital source of labor for host countries, irregular migration continues to pose extraordinary risks.