16.11.2017, 19:00 - 22:00 | Refugio, Berlin

Leaving and finding homes

Panel discussion

Leaving and finding homes

On a daily basis, across the world, people migrate, leaving their homes and settling and making homes in new societies, whether elsewhere in their own country, in neighbouring countries or in another continent. Anke Fiedler, Oliver Bakewell and Guy Berger will share their insights on mobility in Sub-Sahara Africa. What are the main drivers of migration? How well prepared and well informed are migrants? How do migrants become members of the communities in which they settle?

Background: When it comes to African migration, it is often assumed that people are pushed to move by factors such as poverty, political repression, and the lack of work and prospects, on the one hand, and on the other attracted to new places by positive ideas about better living conditions. Many studies have shown that this assumption of linear and additive interactions of push and pull factors cannot explain the complexities of actual migration-related decision processes. Moreover, it is often forgotten that the vast majority of sub-Saharan African migrants move within the continent. Often these movements are unrecognised or resisted by states, but the people manage to find ways of establishing a place within new communities. In this process of movement and settlement, migration brings change to both origin and destination societies.
These African experiences illustrate how migration is part of an intrinsic process of social transformation in a globalized world.


  • Oliver Bakewell, Senior Researcher and Associate Professor International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
  • Guy Berger, Director Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
  • Sagal Farah, Somali-born Poet, Librarian and DJ 

Moderation: Olu Abimbola

In cooperation with: MiCT (Media in Cooperation and Transition)