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.

Latest news, research and commentary

Understanding the views of migration and the aims of migration management

By Oliver Bakewell What is migration management? Migration undoubtedly creates many challenges, as well as opportunities, for national and local authorities. The arrival of migrants may increase labour supply and reduce wages, which is good for employers, but not so good for other workers. They may boost custom in shops and markets, creating more economic activity. At the same time, they may increase pressure on local services and infrastructure such

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Forced departures from Saudi Arabia: new displacement dynamics and challenges of protection

By Georgia Cole A new displacement dynamic in the Horn of Africa is emerging from the implications of forced departures from Saudi Arabia.

Washington Post ‘Coronavirus economic impact: tumbling remittances’

REF’s Laura Hammond has been providing comment to the Washington Post for their article on the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on remittances.

How will Remittances Affect the Somali Covid-19 Response?

By Nisar Majid and Laura Hammond, with Nauja Kleist, Khalif Abdirahman and Guhad Adan[1]*

With IGAD, there’s hope for lasting solutions to crises in Horn of Africa

By Rashid Abdi and Laura Hammond Published in the East African 29 February – 6 March 2020

Migration management on the Ethiopia-Sudan border

How could migration management programme be improved? The research report ‘ Migration and migration management on the Ethiopia–Sudan border‘ made the following recommendations: Better design of interventions Broader evidence base – In order to reduce the gap between interests of local stakeholders and aims of migration management interventions, the design phase for any future programmes should start with a critical analysis of the relationship between all forms of migration and the local

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

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