Scaling Fences: Exploring New Pathways for African Migration

Research event
3 July 2020 — 2:00PM TO 3:15PM

The adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Marrakech in December 2018 marked an important juncture in the development of normative and regulatory frameworks for international cooperation on migration.

Amidst rapidly changing modes of mobility and patterns of migration at regional and transregional levels, the imperative for evidence-based and data-driven understandings and responses to migration has become more pronounced, particularly to support the development gains for and from irregular migrants.

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) recent report, ‘Scaling Fences: Voices of Irregular African Migrants to Europe,’ applies a human-development lens to bring out the experiences of irregular migrants from Africa and produce practical suggestions on expanding legal pathways for migrants in line with the Global Compact.

At this virtual event, which will mark AFFORD’s African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) 2020, speakers will discuss the UNDP’s recent report, explore the motivations and everyday realities experienced by ‘irregular migrants’ from Africa, and the scope for legal and other policy pathways to operationalize the Global Compact.

This event is co-hosted with AFFORD and the UNDP.

To express your interest in attending, please follow this link. You will receive a Zoom confirmation email should your registration be successful. Alternatively, you can watch the event live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.


Dr Jesper Bjarnesen, Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute
Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Jide Okeke, Regional Programme Coordinator for Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Professor Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST)
Chair: Stella Opoku-Owusu, Deputy Director, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

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