Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration in Africa:
Time for a Paradigm Shift?
The scale of the current forced displacement crisis is unprecedented. Despite its global nature, Africa continues to be disproportionately impacted. The protracted nature of today’s conflicts, coupled with threats of terrorism and climate change, have given rise to prolonged displacement experiences, which not only affect the forcibly displaced, but also host countries and communities. As “durable solutions” (return, local integration, and resettlement) remain elusive for many of Africa’s forcibly displaced, a paradigm shift from crisis management towards prevention and resolving situations of forced displacement is imperative. In celebrating the “Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa,” and in the lead up to the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), this session will investigate the contours of this paradigm shift, and present actionable recommendations to advance the operationalization of a comprehensive and coherent approach to forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa along the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus, including through the operationalization of the African humanitarian architecture.