An interdisciplinary team of AfREC Research Fellows including A/Prof. Farida Fozdar (School of Social Sciences), Dr Sarah Prout Quicke (School of Agriculture and Environment), Dr Dominic Dagbanja (Law School), Dr David Mickler (School of Social Sciences) and Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman (School of Social Sciences) has won a UWA Research Collaboration Award grant to undertake a study in 2020 of “The Transnational Political Economy of African Migration to Australia.”
The research grant was won in partnership with Dr Mary Setrana from the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr George Odipo from the Population Studies and Research Institute at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and Helen Maddocks from the Office of Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia. The project will also engage with the Organisation of African Communities in Western Australia and other African diaspora community organisations. The project will involve an initial workshop in East Africa in April 2020 and a second workshop in Perth in September 2020 during national Australia Africa Week.
This project develops a collaborative research program between academic and policy experts from migrant source countries in Africa and Australia as a receiving country to lead emergent theoretical and policy debates on key development and integration outcomes of migration. The project will explore transnational migration across the Indian Ocean by employing an innovative Delphi method to generate new insights into the drivers and impacts of growing African-Australian diasporic activity.
The project will develop a knowledge community focused on the following issues:
The drivers, migration trajectories, experiences and socio-economic outcomes of transnational migration between Africa and Australia, with policy implications for strengthening migration policies and pathways in source and destination jurisdictions;
The profile and contributions of the African-Australian diaspora, with policy recommendations for engagement on education, employment, settlement, service delivery, capacity-building;
The impacts of emigration on sending and receiving communities, with policy recommendations for addressing identified opportunities and challenges for individuals, families and societies.
This new project also builds on a related AfREC project supported by the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on “Development, diplomacy and the diaspora: Deepening engagement between African-Australians, the diplomatic corps and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.”