UN/ Masking Narratives: An Alternative Account of Horn of Africa Migration

Bezabeh, Samson (2017). UN/ Masking Narratives: An Alternative Account of Horn of Africa Migration. United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.

Document type:
Report

Metadata
Links
Versions
Statistics
  • Sub-type Research report
    Author Bezabeh, Samson
    Title UN/ Masking Narratives: An Alternative Account of Horn of Africa Migration
    Publication Date 2017-05-22
    Place of Publication Barcelona
    Publisher United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility
    Pages 11
    Language eng
    Abstract Migration has become a defining feature of our era. In this wave of migration, people from the Horn of Africa have been one of the major groups attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean, or oil-rich Gulf countries by crossing the Red Sea. The European Union and its African partners’ narrative that was developed as a result of the migration of Africans, focuses on the figure of the people smugglers. This narrative portrays the smugglers as criminals who are responsible for the increased flow of migration, while the migrants are portrayed as vulnerable human beings who are tricked into leaving their homeland. This narrative, while being instrumental in the project of reinforcing borders, masks complex historical and contemporary social and political dynamics. In doing so, it contributes to the reinforcement of social boundaries and the emergence of racial and religious boundaries. To achieve long-term peaceful interaction, Europe and its African partners should engage in the development of an alternative narrative that unmasks the different complexities that the current narrative conceals. This policy brief outlines some of the ways of developing an alternative account of migration and what should be included and considered for developing a narrative that better reflects migrants’ realities.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type All rights reserved
  • Versions
    Version Filter Type
  • Citation counts
    Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
    Access Statistics: 242 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
    Created: Fri, 11 May 2018, 00:05:05 JST by Valeria Bello on behalf of UNU GCM