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Media portrayal of immigration in the South African media, 2011-2015

29 August, 2017

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society invites you to a seminar titled Media portrayal of immigration in the South African media, 2011-2015 presented by Nixon Kariithi (Tangaza Africa Media). The issue of media representation of immigrants is particularly pertinent today, given the current anti-immigrant sentiment in parts of Europe and the United States. In South Africa, negative attitudes towards foreigners are common and media discursive descriptions of immigrants as illegal, undocumented or a dangerous threat is typical. This study utilises quantitative tools of analysis to explore the media coverage of immigration adopting the RASIM Corpus Linguistics (CL) approach.

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Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement: Applications are now open

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand invites graduate students to apply to undertake an MA in Migration and Displacement with us. ACMS enrolls a maximum of 25 MA students each year from various academic backgrounds and countries. 

Based in the School of Social Sciences, migration and displacement is an interdisciplinary field encompassing a wide range of disciplines including economics, public health, political science, sociology, urban planning, and development studies. With migration and displacement being such important and hotly-debated topics, the course has a wide-ranging academic and practical scope. The course is taught by ACMS staff who are widely published and have conducted innovative research projects.

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The migration management of refugees in contemporary South Africa: the erosion of the refugee regime?

15 August 2017

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society invites you to a seminar titled The migration management of refugees in contemporary South Africa: the erosion of the refugee regime? presented by Nicholas Maple (Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London).  This presentation will provide a multi-scalar perspective on contemporary South African refugee policy and practice. South Africa has traditionally been held up by UNHCR as a model of how to receive refugees on the African continent. On paper, this is still true, with robust national refugee legislation and a national constitution which together guarantee international and regional obligations towards refugees. Yet, refugee policy and practice in South Africa over recent years has been deviating significantly from the law. Drawing on the new South African Green and White Papers on International Migration as a focal point for discussion, this presentation will suggest via a form of regime shifting, the treatment of refugees in South Africa is rapidly moving from policy and practice founded on the global refugee regime to a new migration management approach whereby refugees are becoming seen solely as economic migrants.

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Our MA students presented their draft research proposals

On 8 June 2017 fifteen of our MA in Migration and Displacement students gave PowerPoint presentations on their draft research proposals and received comments and questions from ACMS staff and their fellow students. This was one of the last steps before they submit their research proposals.

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Mapping xenophobic violence in South Africa: Opportunities and pitfalls of hot-spot and causal analysis in combatting xenophobic violence

20 June 2017

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society invites you to a seminar titled Mapping xenophobic violence in South Africa: Opportunities and pitfalls of hot-spot and causal analysis in combatting xenophobic violence presented by Dr Alexandra Hiropoulos (African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand).  International migrants in South Africa have been remarkably vulnerable to socio-economic exclusion, corruption and violence since 1994 while public discourse continues to focus on the supposed negative impacts of migration. In the first half of 2017 alone, hundreds of non-nationals have been attacked, displaced and had their shops looted. While no official information on xenophobic violence is available by the South African Police Service or Statistics South Africa, the African Centre for Migration & Society has been tracking xenophobic threats and violence across the country through its platform, Xenowatch. Drawing from spatial data on 500 incidents of xenophobic violence between 1994 and 2017 as well Census 2011 and other data, this presentation will highlight maps of hotspot locations for xenophobic violence and discuss possible causal factors.  

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