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The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) publishes the on-line (open access) African Human Mobility Review (AHMR)

Capture2-250x358Now in its third issue, the AHMR is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed on-line journal created in 2015 to encourage and facilitate the study of Human Mobility in Africa.

In the third (special) issue, there are articles on:

  • Violent xenophobic episodes in South Africa, 2008 and 2015
  • Preventing Xenophobia in Africa: What Must the African Union Do?
  • Violent Conflict and Forced Displacement in the Horn of Africa: Government and Donor Policies and Programs in Search of Durable Solutions
  • Development-Induced Displacement and Its Impacts on the Livelihoods of Poor Urban Households in Bahir Dar, North Western Ethiopia

Download the Special issue of AHMR.

Submission guidelines are available here.

GGSJ affiliated researcher, Dr. Thanh Dam Truong’s chapter has been translated into Chinese

truongTruong’s chapter appears in an abbreviated, Chinese-language edition, co-published with Nanjing Publishing House, of a 2009 book, published by Springer. Her contribution to that book was entitled ‘Human Security and the Governmentality of Neo-liberal Mobility: A Feminist Perspective‘, pp. 1183-1189, in H. Günther Brauch et al (eds.) (2009) Facing Global Environmental Change, Heidelberg: Springer.

Dr. Giulia Sinatti, an affiliated researcher with the GGSJ Research Programme, has published a new article with co-author Cindy Horst of PRIO.

Reference: Sinatti, G. & C. Horst (2014) “Migrants as agents of development: Diaspora engagement discourse and practice in Europe.” forthcoming in Ethnicities, 14(2).

Link to full article.


This article analyses how European governments and civil society actors engage diasporas in Europe as agents for the development of their countries of origin. Through a critical examination of diaspora engagement discourse and practice in various European countries, we identify three implicit understandings. First, development is conceived of as the planned activities of Western professional development actors; second, diasporas are seen as actual communities rooted in a national ‘home’ and sharing a group identity; and third, migration is regarded as binary mobility. We argue that these interpretations are informed by notions of ethnic or national rootedness in given places and that they lead to further assumptions about why, and in pursuit of what goals, diasporas engage. We conclude that such essentialized understandings limit the potential of diaspora engagement as a means of innovating the development industry by broadening understandings of what development entails and how it can be done.

International Institute of Social Studies

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