Our Study Centre in Cape Town
Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa
Dedicated to research on migration in South Africa and all African countries. Take a tour here below!
Established in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014 the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) conducts research that contributes to the development of informed policies and promotes the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees in Africa. Besides the research focus, SIHMA hosts a growing collection of printed books on migration related issues for public research and organizes events and conferences on human mobility in Africa.
An Africa where the human rights of people on the move are ensured and their dignity is promoted.
To conduct and disseminate research that contributes to the understanding of human mobility and informs policies that ensure the rights and dignity of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Africa.
What we do
Topics of our research and projects
- Human mobility in Africa has a long history spanning several centuries and the continent has a highly mobile population composed of nomads, frontier workers, highly skilled professionals, entrepreneurs, students, refugees and undocumented migrants. The discourse around migration trends and patterns in Africa is dominated by myths and false assumptions which fail to paint a true reflection of this phenomenon. Our research seeks clarity on the different forms of mobility in Africa.
- Migration policy: International migration is perceived by states as a global challenge and its governance represents a controversial matter for policy-makers who try to ramp up their consensus over policy matters. In recent years, scholars have debated migration policies’ effectiveness, grappling with the question of why such policies tend to fail and produce unintended consequences. Our research looks at the development of migration policies and also at the role played by the different actors involved in the process of policy making.
- Training and Capacity Building: SIHMA provides training to institutions, organizations, and individuals to better understand the relationship between ethical aspects of migration and human rights and to identify important policy frameworks which affect migration and development policies.
2. PUBLISH ACADEMIC JOURNAL AND POPULAR ARTICLES
The African Human Mobility Review (AHMR) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects (socio-economic, political, legislative and developmental) of human mobility in Africa. Through the publication of original research, policy discussions and evidence-based research papers, AHMR provides a comprehensive forum devoted exclusively to the analysis of contemporaneous trends, migration patterns and some of the most important migration-related issues. The journal is accessible online at no charge.
We provide seminaries and academic courses for Universities and Institutions and we also offer Training courses for Pastoral Agents of migration, working with migrants and refugees especially close to national borders, in many areas of South Africa and in the whole African continent.
4. NETWORK and EVENTS
SIHMA organizes and attends many events, seminaries, conferences, workshops related to the migratory phenomenon.
Our special partner are:
SIHMA is part of SIMN, “The Scalabrini International Migration Network”, an umbrella organization established in 2005 by the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles, Scalabrinians, with more than 250 entities involved in various activities and services helping people on the move around the world.
The Scalabrini Migration Study Centres
SMSC is the official network of the 7 Centres that are working, like SIHMA, in research on migration, in different areas of each continent.