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Mobility, migration, development and environment

The numbers of migrants worldwide have

increased drastically due to raising socioeconomic inequalities and multiple demographic,

political and environmental factors, in particular

climate change and the distribution of the labour

markets. There are also individual dimensions

driving these migrations, making the question of

migration more complex and multifaceted.

Therefore, the debate needs to be widened

instead of focusing on management of migration


The 2012 international symposium on Mobility,

Shahidul Haque (Director: International Cooperation

and Partnerships at the International Organisation for

Migration, Development and Environment


(MOMIDEN), hosted by Unisa’s College of Law

in collaboration with other international institutes and universities, seeks to do just this. Hosting a

range of international experts from various fields, the symposium aims to expand the debate by highlighting the complementary and contradictory

approaches to population movements and the developing environmental crisis which characterise the old and new mobilities.

Prof André Mangu (Unisa's Public Constitutional and

International Law)

The two-day programme began on 22 May 2012 with a welcome address from Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya. In his

welcome address, he said with globalisation has come internationalisation of all forms – from people to products. “People not only travel to where

the work is, but increasingly we find that people who were not able to before, are travelling to where security is, where perceived prosperity is and

where the climate offers more conducive prospects of sustenance.”

Prof Makhanya...