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Xenophobia and displacement, 17 March

Speakers: Jorim Gerrard and Akin Akiboye
Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Time: 12:30-2pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

The scourge of xenophobic attacks against immigrants has increased in recent weeks, including in KwaZulu-Natal where killings of foreign shopkeepers are just the surface indication of intense problems. Displacement is one symptom, and solidarity strategies are required to assist various immigrants who face further threats. What lessons are we learning from the ongoing economic, social and geopolitical crisis of South African xenophobia?

Jorim Gerrard is a student in the Socio-Economics Department, University of Hamburg. He has sponsored various events examining xenophobia and the condition of refugees.

CCS Visiting Scholar and Wageningen University doctoral candidate Akin Akiboye researches the Re-building of Rural Communities by IDPs in a Post-Conflict South Africa. He was a former UNDP Disaster Management Co-ordinator and Advisor to the both Ugandan and Namibian governments between 1998 and 2006. He is also affiliated to the University of the Free State Centre for Development Support and International Institute for Studies on Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice.

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