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Time for dialogue: Introducing Horn of Africa Bulletin Forum On the 1st of October, LPI and the Horn of Africa Bulletin hold the inaugural HAB Forum. What is it about?

Sources: International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC)
Sources: International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC)

What is the Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB) Forum?

The Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB) Forum is a bi-monthly, interactive Forum that brings together academic, civil society, governmental and intergovernmental policy stakeholders to deliberate on a given issue pertinent to the Horn of Africa (HoA). HABForum is inspired by the Life & Peace Institute’s flagship bi-monthly publication – the Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB) – which has provided alternative analysis to critical issues in the Horn of Africa (HoA) for over 25 years.

The HABForum thus seeks to ‘bring HAB to life’ through an interactive platform where the analysis generated on each HAB issue is deepened and expanded on, in order to influence HoA policies at different levels of the process. As such, the Forum will accentuate the policy relevance of HAB and serve as space where various policy stakeholders deliberate on critical issues relevant to the region.

What is the first HABForum about?

This first HABForum on 1st October, 2015 will be on ‘Intraregional Migration in the Horn of Africa: East African Migrants in South Sudan”, as a follow-up to HAB’s July-August issue on “Migration within the HoA” which can be accessed here.

Why does it matter?

Whilst the rising number of migrants from the HoA crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe and its political implications for Europe has drawn a lot of attention in the past few years, the equally important aspect of migration within the Horn is neglected in the migration discourse despite the fact that 75% of migrants from the Horn stay within one of the countries of HoA.

Further, of the various types and causes of mobility, economic migration is often seen from the rather narrow lens of “the East African exodus to Europe”, in a way indicates a blind spot on intraregional labor mobility in the HoA. A closer observation of the Horn’s socio-economic as well as political reality, however, indicates a significant level of economic migration within the region. Indeed, “economic” migrants in the HoA are not driven out of their countries by economic factors only. Many of them are fleeing adverse political situations in their home countries. However, a case like post-independence South Sudan provides an interesting, yet less analyzed, case of intraregional migration where a considerable number of migrants and investors from the region headed to South Sudan as the country was coming out of decades of civil war. Similar to the blind spot on intraregional migration in the HoA, a related lacuna can also be observed in the set of analysis on South Sudan (including the peace process), but where there is little said of role of regional migrants in the South Sudanese economy.

What will come out of it?

The outcomes and recommendations of the meeting will be synthesized and polished in order to generate a brief that will be sent out to all participants and to the wider HAB subscriber audience as well as on social media platforms.

Who will be there?

Around 40 participants representing academic institutes, CSOs, media, UN agencies, AU, IGAD, IGAD member states, EU, relevant EU/European Embassies, other relevant African embassies will attend the Forum.

I’m not in Addis Ababa. How can I take part?

By following us on our social media channels. The event will be live tweeted on @LPI_voices and updates will be posted on facebook and our website. You can also subscribe to the Horn of Africa Bulletin to receive the outcomes straight to your email mailbox.

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