Displacement agriculture: neither seen nor heard
Cover photo by author. Burundian labour migrants outside Nyarugusu refugee camp. Series Introduction This post is a part of a series introducing the recent anthology Invisibility in African Displacements (Zed Books 2020). The book was edited by Simon Turner and AMMODI co-founder Jesper Bjarnesen, and offers new analytical ideas for understanding migrant in/visibilisation. In each…
Transnational Skills Partnerships between Ghana and Germany: A “triple-win” solution?
Global skills partnerships are often mentioned as a viable solution for creating legal South-North migration pathways, which may offer educational and livelihood options for aspiring migrants while also providing much needed inflows to labour markets in the global north. The Global Compact for Migration spelled out this rationale but so far, very few concrete programmes…
Shifting the narrative on African migration
Negative public opinion in Europe is a major obstacle to holistic and sustainable policies relating to African migration. Based on his observations of migration debates in Sweden and Denmark, Jesper Bjarnesen argues for a shift in wording and perspective away from politicised opinions about immigration, or misplaced ideas of humanitarian responsibilities, towards a more constructive…
Africa at the gates: Europe’s lose-lose migration management plan
Since the summer of 2015, the question of how to stem the flows from Africa and the Middle East is at the centre of increasingly existential debates about the very future of Europe. Loren B Landau and Iriann Freemantle contemplate the underlying logics and effects of EU migration management.