Migration and Disability in South Africa: Considering the impacts of Covid-19

Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Group (MiCoSA). (2021). Migration and Disability in South Africa: Considering the impacts of Covid-19 (Issue brief No. 3), Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp).

Abstract:
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. It draws on a research report recently completed by the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) South Africa Office: IOM & ACMS (2021); “They are too quiet about migration”: a scoping exercise exploring migration and disability in South Africa. IOM: Pretoria.

About the research:
Whilst the study planned to conduct interviews with migrants with disabilities, the restrictions put in place by the South African government to address the Covid-19 pandemic prevented this from happening. To ensure that the experiences of migrants with disabilities were captured, a photojournalism project – ‘The Endless Journey’ – was undertaken by an experienced team comprising James Oatway (photography) and Jan Bornman (text). Through interviews, images and the resultant text, the experiences of migrants with disabilities were carefully documented.

All stories and images can be found online: https://medium.com/the-endless-journey.

About the issue:
This issue brief was prepared by ACMS doctoral researcher Edward Govere and director Jo Vearey on behalf of MiCoSA. Follow these links for the full version of this issue brief, its summary, and other maHp issue briefs.

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