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VIDEO: Framing migration during the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa: a 12-month media monitoring project

November 8, 2021 0 Comments

At the International Journal of Press/Politics Virtual Conference (13-16 September 2021), maHp/African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS, Wits University) postdoctoral fellow Thea de Gruchy presented a paper (co-authored with Thulie Zikhali, Jo Vearey and Johanna Hanefeld) titled: ‘Framing migration during the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa: a 12-month media monitoring project’.

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“They are too quiet about migration”: A scoping exercise exploring migration and disability in South Africa

November 4, 2021 0 Comments

Migrants, particularly those living with disability, have often been described as a hidden and hard-to-reach population. A scoping exercise was conducted to shed more light on the nature of migration and disability, with a focus on the extent to which migrants living with disability are included in related policies in South Africa. This report presents the key findings.

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Global Health (in)Security and Immigration Governance in Africa : pandemics, panics, politics and public health planning

November 3, 2021 0 Comments

Join us for the Global Health (in)Security and Immigration Governance in Africa: pandemics, panics, politics and public health planning online workshop taking place on Friday 19th November 2021, as part of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Third Biennial Conference on ‘Global Public Health Challenges: Facing them in Africa’.

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MiCoSA Issue Brief #4 – Migration and Covid-19: New and continuing concerns with South Africa’s response to the pandemic

October 28, 2021 0 Comments

This is the fourth in a series of issue briefs that explores the implications of Covid-19 and the South African response to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities in South Africa.

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BOOK LAUNCH – Moving Words: Poetry In/As Research

September 23, 2021 0 Comments

Join us today (23 September 2021) at 15:30 – 17:30 (SAST) for the launch of a new book edited by maHp/ACMS postdoctoral researcher Duduzile Ndlovu, ‘Moving Words: Poetry In/ As Research’.

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Behind the Masks: Mental health, marginalisation and Covid-19

September 22, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS researchers Rebecca Walker and Jo Vearey discuss how Covid-19 is impacting mental health and existing inequalities in South Africa.

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Seeking Sanctuary: Stories of sexuality, faith and migration

September 21, 2021

maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher John Marnell recently published ‘Seeking Sanctuary: Stories of sexuality, faith and migration’. The book is a collection of poignant life stories from fourteen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Lifeline to LGBTQI+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

September 17, 2021

The African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network (ALMN) and the Gala Queer Archive, both located at Wits, joined forces at the onset of Covid-19 to establish an emergency relief fund to mitigate the adverse effects of the virus on the LGBTQI+ community. For their work, these organisations received nominations as Wits Heroes for going beyond the call of duty.

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Five key take home messages from the high-level dialogue on Covid-19 vaccine access for migrant and mobile populations in South Africa

September 14, 2021 0 Comments

The Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Coordination Group (MiCoSA) recently (on 25th August) held a high-level dialogue on the access of the Covid-19 vaccine for migrant and mobile populations in South Africa.

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PODCAST: Vaccination of undocumented migrants

August 5, 2021 0 Comments

Human rights groups and activists are calling on the country’s acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi to follow international guidelines by making sure that the Covid-19 vaccination programme is inclusive. ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey has added her voice to the call. Find out why this is important by listening to her SAfm interview here.

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TV INTERVIEW: Jabs for asylum seekers and undocumented migrants

August 3, 2021 0 Comments

African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) director Professor Jo Vearey was recently (27 July 2021) interviewed by eNCA about the call by local scholars, community leaders and activists for the South African government to include undocumented persons in the country’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out strategy. Watch her interview here.

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PODCAST: Calls for Covid-19 vaccination of undocumented

July 30, 2021 0 Comments

Experts call on the government to address the vaccination of undocumented persons. African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) director Professor Jo Vearey adds her voice to this call. Listen to her interview on the SAfm Sunrise radio show from earlier this week (28 July 2021).

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TV INTERVIEW: Vaccination of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers

July 29, 2021 0 Comments

Leaders of social, legal, and academic organisations have come together to call on the South African government to leave no one behind when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccination. The concern is that undocumented migrants are not able to access it. Director of the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) Professor Jo Vearey was recently (on 27 July 2021) interviewed by SABC News about this. Watch the news insert here:

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OP-ED: Leave No One Behind: We must urgently address vaccination of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers

July 27, 2021 0 Comments

South Africa’s civil society and the research community call on Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to do the right thing and follow international guidelines to ensure the Covid-19 vaccination programme is inclusive.

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The call for vaccines for undocumented migrants

July 22, 2021 0 Comments

Earlier this week Lester Kiewit of Cape Talk’s ‘The Morning Review’ show spoke to Professor Jo Vearey about the call for Covid-19 vaccines for undocumented migrants.

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Research on the Move: Exploring WhatsApp as a tool for understanding the intersections between migration, mobility, health and gender in South Africa

July 5, 2021 0 Comments

In this paper, the authors reflect on a four month pilot project which explored the use of WhatsApp Messenger – a popular mobile phone application used widely in sub Saharan Africa – and assessed its feasibility as a research tool with migrant and mobile populations in order to inform a larger study that would address these challenges.

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Covid-19 and People on the Move in Africa

July 1, 2021 0 Comments

This week’s issue of ACCORD’s Covid-19 Conflict and Resilience Monitor features a piece from ACMS. The article reflects on the impact of Covid-19 on marginalised populations which include migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people (IDPs), who have been some of the worst affected during the pandemic.

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Covid-19 and Migration Governance in Africa

June 14, 2021 0 Comments

This is the second in a series of occasional papers that explore the implications of Covid-19 and responses to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities on the African continent.

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MiCoSA Issue Brief #3 – Migration and Disability in South Africa: Considering the impacts of Covid-19

June 10, 2021 0 Comments

This is the third in a series of issue briefs that explores the implications of Covid-19 and the South African response to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities in South Africa.

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Migrants and the Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out in Africa: Hesitancy and Exclusion

June 8, 2021 0 Comments

This occasional paper examines the current state of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in Africa (as of June 2021), with a particular focus on the attitude and behaviour of states and other key stakeholders towards the inclusion of international migrants.

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LGBTI+ Asylum Seekers in South Africa: A Review of Refugee Status Denials Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

April 26, 2021 0 Comments

Join the LRC, WLC, ALMN, and PASSOP for the public launch of their new collaborative report: LGBTI+ Asylum Seekers in South Africa: A Review of Refugee Status Denials Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

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What does ‘home’ mean in the context of the urban housing crisis?

maHp/ACMS Associate Researcher Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon was recently invited by The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University to help answer the question: What does ‘home’ mean in the context of the urban housing crisis? Watch the full webinar here.

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Using WhatsApp messenger for health systems research: a scoping review of available literature

April 21, 2021 0 Comments

Globally, the use of mobile phones for improving access to healthcare and conducting health research has gained traction in recent years as rates of ownership increase, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, little is known about the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of WhatsApp as a tool for health research.

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VIDEO: Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants

April 7, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey recently presented at this M8 Alliance expert meeting titled, ‘Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants’, which forms part of a webinar series leading up to the upcoming World Health Summit (October 24-26, 2021). Watch the full webinar here.

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OP-ED: No country for poor people – South African government must act on its motto of ‘saving lives and protecting livelihoods’

March 31, 2021 0 Comments

In this Daily Maverick op-ed, maHp/ACMS postdoctoral fellow Elsa Oliveira and research associate Rebecca Walker argue that, “government must support and protect all who live here, including foreign-born migrants”.

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VIDEO: Healthcare In Transit webinar

March 26, 2021 0 Comments

ACMS and MSF – in collaboration with MiCoSA – recently hosted a webinar titled ‘Healthcare In Transit: Quantifying the health needs of migrants across the Limpopo’. Download the research report and watch the online discussion here.

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WEBINAR INVITATION: The “covidisation” of migration and health research – Southern African consultation

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) in collaboration with the Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Coordination Group (MiCoSA) would like to invite you to attend the Southern African consultation on the “covidisation” of migration and health research.

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PRESENTATION: The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrants and migration in South Africa

March 22, 2021 0 Comments

Last week, African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS, Wits University) director Professor Jo Vearey presented at this Department of Statistics South Africa webinar on ‘The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrants and migration in South Africa’. See her presentation here.

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MENTION: Migrants left vulnerable by Covid-19 pandemic, studies show

March 22, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey was recently mentioned in this IOL News article recommending that government’s Covid-19 vaccine programme strategy include everyone – even migrants to ensure better success.

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WEBINAR: Healthcare In Transit: Quantifying the health needs of migrants across the Limpopo

March 17, 2021 0 Comments

Join us today (17 March 2021) at 1pm (SA time) webinar about the health needs of migrants in Limpopo. Beginning in late 2019, MSF in partnership with the ACMS, conducted over 1,375 detailed interviews with migrants and asylum-seekers across Beitbridge and Musina, documenting the health challenges they faced. MSF and ACMS, in collaboration with the MiCoSA, will be hosting this discussion on the project findings and their implications, including what this may mean in the context of Covid-19.

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WEBINAR INVITE: Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants

March 9, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey will be taking part in this M8 Alliance webinar on 30 March titled, ‘Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants’, which is co-organised with the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

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Activism for Migrant Domestic Workers in South Africa: Tensions in the Framing of Labour Rights

February 11, 2021 0 Comments

In this article, maHp/ACMS postdoctoral researcher Kuda Vanyoro explores tensions in the ways in which non-governmental activism, as represented by trade unions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), frames the concerns of migrant domestic workers (MDWs) living in South Africa.

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WEBINAR INVITE: Present And Imminent: Crises And Complexity In Mexico And South Africa

February 9, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey will be taking part in this South-South dialogue titled ‘Present and Imminent: Crises and Complexity in Mexico and South Africa’, organised by UNAM-Sudáfrica Centro de Estudios Mexicanos.

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VIDEO: Building capacity for research on migration and health

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director, Professor Jo Vearey recently presented at the 6th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research panel session on ‘Building capacity for research on migration and health: A call to action’. Watch her presentation here.

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Refugees and migrants are vulnerable to ‘vaccine nationalism’ as host nations put their own citizens first

January 25, 2021 0 Comments

African Center for Migration and Society (ACMS) director, Professor Jo Vearey was recently quoted in this Thomson Reuters Foundation New’s article expressing her concern over possible “formal or de facto discrimination against undocumented migrants when it comes to vaccine access”.

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VIDEO: Borders, mobilities and immobilities in southern Africa

January 22, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Kuda Vanyoro was recently part of the Migration Policy Centre webinar on ‘Borders, mobilities and immobilities in southern Africa’. Catch his presentation by watching the full webinar here.

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OP-ED: Vaccine nationalism and migration: Implications for the (mis)management of Covid-19 in South Africa

January 21, 2021 0 Comments

As countries begin to roll out Covid-19 vaccination programmes, maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey argues there is no place for ‘vaccine nationalism’; that the principle of equity in global health access must be at the fore.

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PODCAST: Minister Aaron Motsoaledi hits back at border posts closure critics

January 19, 2021 0 Comments

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the closure of 20 land borders in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus. In this 702fm conversation with Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Professor Jo Vearey explains why shutting borders is not a helpful response to Covid-19.

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VIDEO: How the governments can deal with immigration during the Covid-19 pandemic?

January 15, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS Associate Professor Jo Vearey recently appeared on Newzroom Afrika urging African governments to deal with immigration during the Covid-19 pandemic collaboratively.

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PODCAST: Bietbridge humanitarian crisis

January 14, 2021 0 Comments

On the Beitbridge border posts hundreds of Zimbabweans have been captured waiting for days in the line to escape the thirty day hard lockdown that was recently implemented. maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey spoke to Channel Africa about this humanitarian crises.

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