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OP-ED: Why xenophobia is bad for the health of all in South Africa

April 3, 2020 0 Comments

South Africa mustn’t forget the public — and that includes migrants and refugees — in its public health response to COVID-19, writes ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey.

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A Creative Storytelling Project with Women Migrants in Johannesburg, South Africa (Dispatch)

April 3, 2020 0 Comments

In this dispatch ACMS/maHp postdoctoral researchers Rebecca Walker and Elsa Oliveira reflect on ‘Mwangaza Mama’, an arts-based storytelling project that they undertook in collaboration with a group of seven migrant women from across the African continent, who are now living in Johannesburg.

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OP-ED: Border walls don’t stop viruses. But this might

April 2, 2020 0 Comments

Both the United States and South Africa have punted increased border security as a way to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s why South Africa should be thinking less about walls and more about amnesty as cases mount.

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As the middle-class posts lockdown selfies, how are the poor coping?

April 1, 2020 0 Comments

ACMS Masters student Shireen Mukadam speaks to the poor about the impact of the coronavirus and the national lockdown on their lives.

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OP-ED: Foreign migrants must be included in Covid-19 response

March 26, 2020 0 Comments

International solidarity, travel restrictions and the right to remain: why South Africa needs to actively engage all foreign migrants in its response to Covid-19.

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PODCAST: Winter is coming

March 23, 2020 0 Comments

ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey discusses South Africa’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic on the ‘Monday Morning Meetings on Migration’ show.

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OP-ED: Hypocrisy in the time of Covid-19

March 18, 2020 0 Comments

ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey explains how the sanctimony of moving from blaming foreign migrants to now rendering them invisible in a critical public health moment will have implications for our response to Covid-19.

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VIDEO: Unfiltered: Coronavirus

March 18, 2020 0 Comments

ACMS Associate Professor Jo Vearey was recently part of an interview panel on the SABC News Unfiltered talk show that discussed migration and Covid-19 in South Africa.

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‘It’s about being safe and free to be who you are’: Exploring the lived experiences of queer migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa

March 16, 2020 0 Comments

In this article, maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher John Marnell, Elsa Oliveira and Gabriel Hoosain Khan draw on participant-created visual and narrative artefacts to offer insights into the complex ways in which queer migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in South Africa negotiate their identities, resist oppression and confront stereotypes.

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PODCAST: Academic Digest: Exploring cross-border migration policies, ARV treatment continuity

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

Aldrin Sampear of PowerFM 98.7’s Power Talk/ Academic Digest show recently spoke to maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Kudakwashe Vanyoro, whose MA study sought to understand the practices that frontline healthcare workers adopt to navigate a space of blurred policy, in relation to migration.

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PODCAST: Migration in Africa

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

ACMS director Associate Professor Jo Vearey discusses migration in Africa on Channel Africa’s ‘African Dialogue’ show.

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Telling the complex story of “medical xenophobia” in South Africa

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Kuda Vanyoro shares insights from his recent research on “medical xenophobia”, conducted in Musina. His study findings suggest that the experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on “medical xenophobia”.

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Some thoughts about the Bua Modiri workshop encounter

November 5, 2019 0 Comments

In this blog post, maHp/ACMS artist and visual researcher Quinten Williams reflects on the recent Bua Modiri workshop encounter through the notions of combinations, expanded knowledge practices, and place-making.

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2x Post-doctoral Fellowships in Migration, Gender and Health Systems

October 25, 2019 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS is seeking to recruit two post-doctoral fellows to work on two research projects exploring migration, gender and health systems in South Africa. Applications close on 15th November 2019.

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In sickness and in health: why the Minister of Home Affairs has a duty of care to tackle endemic anti-foreigner sentiment

October 1, 2019 0 Comments

Many of South Africa’s government officials have contracted a dangerous, highly contagious and apparently incurable disease. Symptoms include espousing anti-foreigner sentiments and scapegoating non-nationals for failures of the state, while simultaneously denying that xenophobia exists in the country.

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Just Research? (Un)Seeing Politics in a Complex World

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

The third post of ‘The Disorder of Things’ blog symposium on Sophie Harman’s ‘Seeing Politics’ is by maHp/ACMS director Jo Vearey.

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Migration and health in Southern Africa Regional Symposium

September 24, 2019 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Edward Govere reports on the Regional Symposium on Gender, Migration, Health and Public Policy & South African Launch of the UCL-Lancet Commission Report on Migration and Health.

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Building alliances for the global governance of migration and health

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

Health governance has an important role in dealing with global migration, argue maHp/ ACMS director Jo Vearey and colleagues.

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PODCAST: 702’s ‘The Political Desk’ interview with Rebecca Walker

September 12, 2019 0 Comments

“To suggest that foreign nationals are grabbing jobs from South Africans is not supported by the research”, says maHp/ACMS postdoctoral fellow Rebecca Walker, during her recent interview with Talk Radio 702’s Bongani Bingwa, on ‘The Political Desk’ show, about xenophobia and migration in South Africa.

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‘When they come, we don’t send them back’: counter-narratives of ‘medical xenophobia’ in South Africa’s public health care system

September 5, 2019 0 Comments

This article argues that there is more complexity, ambivalence, and a range of possible experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system than the current extant literature on ‘medical xenophobia’ has suggested.

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OP-ED: South Africa is burning: femicide, xenophobia and protests

September 5, 2019 0 Comments

Over the past few days South Africa’s major cities have burst into flames. This is not new. Co-ordinated and sporadic acts of violence linked to service delivery protests, xenophobic sentiments and public outrage are part of the DNA of post-apartheid South African politics.

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Responding to the health needs of migrant farm workers in South Africa: Opportunities and challenges for sustainable community‐based responses

September 4, 2019 0 Comments

This paper highlights the ways in which local interventions that mobilise community members can improve the access that rural, migrant farming communities have to healthcare.

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A week of migration & health in Joburg: Where are we? Where do we go?

August 7, 2019 0 Comments

Last week, the Lancet Commission on Migration and Health’s Report – The health of a world on the move– was formerly launched in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

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Southern Africa needs better health care for women and girls on the move

August 1, 2019 0 Comments

Health responses need to take on board the fact that the number of women and girls migrating across borders as well as within countries is growing.

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Challenges of the Migration and Integration of Ethiopian Entrepreneurs to South Africa

July 7, 2019 0 Comments

This ACMS policy brief gives an overview of a study undertaken under the auspices of the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Consortium (MOOP) at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), which explored the migration industry that attends the migration of Ethiopians to South Africa.

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Woman is the thread: maHp intern covers the Mwangaza Mama book launch

June 24, 2019 0 Comments

maHp intern Elena Olivieri blogs about the launch of the Mwangaza Mama project book.

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Bua Modiri (2019)

June 24, 2019 0 Comments

Bua Modiri is Setswana for “speak out worker”. The name was chosen by a group of sex workers during a Sisonke meeting. Participants in this project were asked to focus on messages specific to their occupation.

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Me, them, us: Building belonging with young people on the move

June 21, 2019 1 Comment

maHp research associate Thea Shahrokh and civil society partners reflect on the recently held one-day symposium on ‘Building Belonging with Refugee and Migrant Young People’.

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Inception meeting: Migration, gender and health system responses in South Africa – A focus on the movement of healthcare users and workers

June 21, 2019 0 Comments

MHADRI and maHp interns from the University of Edinburgh report on the inception meeting for the international grant-funded project “Migration, gender and health system responses in South Africa”.

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Towards a framework for multisector and multilevel collaboration: case of HIV and AIDS governance in South Africa

June 3, 2019 0 Comments

Informed by the findings of the research on implementation of the multisectoral response to HIV in South Africa, and drawing from the existing literature; the authors propose a framework for multisector and multilevel collaboration.

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Is it time to phase out UNDESA’s regional criterion of development?

May 23, 2019 0 Comments

This article shows that whether migrant stocks appear to be increasing or decreasing in developing countries depends on three factors: whether a regional or an economic criterion of “development” is used, whether volume is expressed in absolute numbers or as a percentage of total population, and whether the data include refugees and asylum seekers.

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B Camminga talks transgender refugees in South Africa

May 10, 2019 0 Comments

“Transgender people often cannot afford the luxury of invisibility” – maHp/ACMS postdoctoral fellow B Camminga discusses their book ‘Transgender Refugees and the Imagined South Africa’ with Nal’ibali.

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Sex Work, Migration, and Human Trafficking in South Africa: From polarised arguments to potential partnerships

April 30, 2019 0 Comments

This paper draws on research with sex workers and a sex worker organisation in South Africa, as well as reflections shared at two Sex Workers’ Anti-trafficking Research Symposiums. In so doing, the authors propose the further development of a Sex Work, Exploitation, and Migration/Mobility Model that takes into consideration the complexities of the quotidian experiences of migration and selling sex.

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Decriminalising sex work is the only rational choice to end stigma, discrimination and violence against sex workers

April 30, 2019 0 Comments

Marcel van der Watt’s recent opinion piece on the effects of decriminalising sex work in South Africa makes such outlandish claims that it’s tempting to ignore him, if what he wrote wasn’t so disturbing and misrepresentative of the sex workers’ rights movement.

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How not to draw a comic book about zama-zamas

April 24, 2019 1 Comment

maHp artist fellow Carlos Amato reflects on his positionality as a political cartoonist documenting the lived experiences of zama-zamas.

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‘Skeptics’ and ‘believers’: anti-trafficking, sex work, and migrant rights activism in South Africa

April 23, 2019 0 Comments

Very little is known about activism, as it relates to the issue of migration in South Africa. This paper fills this gap by exploring multi-level policies and advocacy experiences of activists working on migration in a post-colonial context of South Africa through the lens of key contestations around the trafficking discourse in South Africa from 2005 to 2018.

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Urban health in Africa: A critical global public health priority

March 28, 2019 0 Comments

This paper argues that a focus on urban health in Africa is urgently required in order to support progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global and regional public health targets, including Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the new Urban Agenda, and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

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After the handover: Exploring MSF’s role in the provision of health care to migrant farm workers in Musina, South Africa

March 13, 2019 0 Comments

Using qualitative methodology and a case study approach, this paper traces the development of the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) mobile clinic programme in Musina, exploring the changing relationship between MSF and the state.

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Mwangaza Mama

March 11, 2019 0 Comments

Read and download for free the Mwangaza Mama project e-book.

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