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Recent publications

Religion in Spaces of Transit: African Christian Migrant Churches and Transnational Mobility in Morocco

by Johara Berriane

This article was originally published on 16 June 2020 in the Journal of Intercultural Studies. To read the full article, click here.

This article discusses how religious place-making contributes to the mobility and transnational connection of migrants during their periods of transit and fragmented journeys. Based on ethnographic research conducted in Pentecostal Charismatic Christian churches in Rabat and Casablanca, it describes how the establishment of religious places by West and Central African Christian migrants is an outcome of the blockades and ruptures that many of them experience in the buffer zone that Morocco has become. Moreover, this article demonstrates how the religious and social practices within these migrant spaces contribute to the development of mobility in terms of both the sending and receiving nations, as well as the believer’s integration into transnational Charismatic Christian territories. In this context of forced immobility and limited religious freedom, the transnational and decentralised dimensions of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity have been particularly suitable for stranded Christian African migrants who aim to remain their agency and achieve in a better future, potentially through emigration to Europe.

KEYWORDS: Place-making, transit, African migration, Morocco, border, transnational religion

Johara is a fellow of the transregional research group “The Bureaucratisation of African Societies” run jointly by the German Historical Institute in Paris and the Centre de recherche sur les politiques sociales (CREPOS) in Dakar, Senegal. Her research interests are African mobilities, transnational urban spaces, identity and the bureaucratisation of faith.

How Africa Can Adopt a Pan-African Migration and Development Agenda

by Robtel Neajai Pailey

This article was originally published on 25 February 2019 by the Africa Policy Journal. To read the full article, click here.

Although most African migration is voluntary, safe, orderly, and regular, policymakers tend to pander to popular narratives of an irregular “swarm” of African nationals invading the West. African migration occurs primarily within the continent, representing broader processes of political, economic, and social development by contributing to growth rates, promoting regional economic integration, and fostering trade, investment, commerce, knowledge transfer, and human contact. If harnessed properly, migration could further enhance productivity in agriculture, construction, mining, and services within the continent. Despite its potential, however, intra-Africa migration is hampered by restrictive policies including tight controls around visa access, rights of residency, employment, and citizenship for foreign African nationals. This article presents evidence-based scholarly research and policymaking on drivers, patterns and trends in African mobility, and makes concrete suggestions for how policymakers in the continent can design and implement pan-African migration policies that foster development.

Robtel is a Liberian academic, activist, and author of the anti-corruption children’s books Gbagba and Jaadeh! An earlier draft of this article was written when she served as Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 2017 to 2018. Visit www.robtelneajaipailey.com for more information.

Useful links

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Networks and Advocacy Groups

Association Malienne des Expulsés (AME)

Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE)

Network of Migration Research on Africa (NOMRA)

International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)

Refugee Research Network (RRN)

The Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n)

Research and Higher Education Institutes

African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), Nairobi, Kenya

Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University, Canada

Centre for the Study of Forced Migration (CSFM), University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht, The Netherlands

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)

Kenyatta University Centre for Refugee Studies and Empowerment (KU-CRSE), Nairobi, Kenya

Migration Policy Institute (MPI), Washington, USA

Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford, UK

Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), Cape Town, South Africa

Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), Brighton, UK