Supported by the EU Trust Fund, the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) on migration in the Horn Of Africa has been created to collate and produce evidence and policy relevant knowledge.

We are conducting research on the drivers of migration, dynamics of cross-border economies and centre/periphery relations, the features and limitations of government migration management systems and social service provision, drivers of radicalism and violent extremism, and opportunities for strengthening resilience. The research is conducted by a consortium made up of SOAS as the lead partner, the University of Manchester and Sahan Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Horn of Africa (HoA) is a region with a long history of crises, including conflict, natural disasters, and mass displacement of people both within and across its borders. It is also one of the most diverse in term of cultures, ethnicities, and religions of the African continent. The region’s complexities, combined with a rapidly expanding and increasingly youthful population, are producing progressively more acute challenges to international peace and security.

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REF impact survey results

The results of our survey to better understand how REF products and activities are being received and used by the network.

IGAD conference: Human Mobility in the context of COVID-19

From February 22-24, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened a scientific conference on Human Mobility in the context of COVID-19 in Addis Ababa. The conference examined the immediate and longer-term impact of COVID-19 on migration and displacement in and around the IGAD region.

Adapting to Covid-19 – Reflections from a researcher

REF Research Team Leader, Lavender Mbyoa reflects on how her life and work has changed an adapted as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Webinar: ICTs and mobility

On March 11 2021, REF convened a webinar exploring how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) affect intentions and behaviours related to mobility within the Horn of Africa

What is adaptation and resilience in the context of environmental change? : Case studies from Laikipia and Turkana Counties, Kenya

Watch The Research and Evidence Facility’s debut webinar highlighting findings from environmental change and resilience research in Kenya.

Is the state fuelling the migration industry? The migration economy of Metema

Besides regulating migration, the state is involved in the migration industry along the route between Ethiopia and Sudan, both directly and indirectly.

Watch: our approach to migration research

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This project is funded by European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. 

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