Exhumed bodies of Ethiopian Migrants in Malawi underscore the rising dangers of cross-border trafficking in Southern Africa

Two mass graves were recently discovered in Malawi containing a total of 29 bodies believed to be Ethiopian migrants.[1] It’s a tragic discovery that underscores, once again, the perils of irregular migration along what is known as the Southern Route. Each year, thousands of migrants from the East and Horn of Africa (and sometimes from…

Protecting persons displaced due to the impacts of climate change in Africa: Through a new treaty, or through a ‘progressive’ interpretation?

ANALYSIS Abiy Ashenafi 30 April 2022 Because of the impacts of climate change, millions of people are being uprooted from their homes and countries. It is estimated that, by 2050, ‘climate change related events’ will cause the forced migration of, at minimum, 1.2 billion people.[1] This clearly calls for determined action to mitigate human-caused climate…

‘Even if you Dress Up, you will not Come to the City!’ Promoting Free Movement of Persons by the East African Court of Justice under Mohochi’s Case

ANALYSIS Jebby Gonza 29 April 2022 Just as water is significant for a fish’s survival, so is cross border migration a fundamental aspect of the East African Community (EAC) integration. The EAC is a regional economic community established by the EAC Treaty, 1999 and comprises of seven partner states.[1] Achieving a common Market is portrayed…

Migrating For Football: Re-igniting Concern for the Irregular Migration of African Football Minors

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a A little more than a decade ago in May of 2007, a boat, a leaking fishing trawler abandoned by its skipper, washed up on the shore of La Tejita beach in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Surprisingly, the boat was loaded with 130 young men of African origin, some of…

“Carrying the Family Burden”: The Paradox of the Kayayei Migrants in Ghana

ANALYSIS John Yajalin 8 April 2022 Introduction On the 22nd of November, 2021, myjoyonline.com carried a sensational headline: “We are tasked to buy motorbikes and iPhones for our husbands after years of working– Kayaye Association President”.[1] Even though the story might sound absurd and hyperbolic, the complaint by the Kayayei Association’s president has some truth.…

Mass influxes from armed conflict in Ukraine: How the African system could provide a model for an expanded global refugee definition

ANALYSIS Bantayehu Demlie Gezahegn 4 April 2022 In less than a month since 24 February 2022, at least 3.6 million people fled armed conflict in Ukraine according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The mass movement of people is one of the aspects of the conflict that attracted global attention and rightly so. One key…

Climate Change, Migration, and the Incompliance with Human Rights

COMMENT Merlin Mitschker 19 March 2021 Climate change affects everyone and everything, including human beings. Throughout the world, we can see various developments and the forms of climate change materialization differ. In some affected territories, the accumulated precipitation is falling, and the land is becoming too dry to till. Therefore, crops will wither rising. Sea…