REF to the Horn of Africa

Internal description

Research Project Grant [RPG]


This project carries out work on migration and development for the Research and Evidence Facility (EU-REF). This is an initiative of the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF) in the Horn of Africa (including Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda).

The EU-REF comprises a small core team of researchers from SOAS, Manchester and Sahan Research in Nairobi, working with other researcher across the region to undertake a programme of research on themes related to the work of the EUTF. These have included the changing drivers of migration, the dynamics of cross-border economies and mobility in the region, the role of rural-urban migration on livelihoods and urban development, the impact of migration management initiatives on sustainable development, and the extent to which youth training and employment programmes affects migration dynamics. In addition, the EU-REF has undertaken research into the complex patterns of return to Somalia and supported a study of migration from Darfur towards Europe.

This project is funded by the European Union.

Key findings

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Short titleR:HDD Transfer SOAS Oliver B
Effective start/end date1/09/1731/05/21