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Histories of Refuge

This series looks at how people have migrated, sought refuge, and settled, in and out of Africa. Who gets to be called a refugee, and why? We investigate historical and present-day examples from all over the continent. Essays are from the participants of the Rethinking Refuge Workshop. Edited by historian Madina Thiam.

African “refugeeness” in the media, policy, and academia is an essentialist physical image conflating material deprivation and multiple victimhoods.

Africans' lack of knowledge about our own shared refugee experiences continues to fuel hate and discrimination on the continent.

While World War II was ravaging Europe, thousands of Polish people found a safe haven in British colonial Africa. This forgotten history shows us that migration patterns are constantly changing.

White settler returnees to Portugal in 1975, and the history of decolonization, can help us understand the complicated category of refugee.

The dynamics of refuge-seeking in southern Mozambique between 1895 and the 1980s.

After the fall of colonial rule, some whites fled from their African countries of residence and sought refuge in apartheid South Africa.

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, a number of West African Muslims migrated east, settling in Sudan and Mecca, to seek refuge from European colonization.

Borders and camps across Africa are using biometrics to track refugees. For those who are stateless, “fraud” can allow for the smuggling of truths into administrative lies.

In 1969, the OAU proposed its own refugee convention to reflect African values. Why did it not become policy across the continent?