The University of Ghana, led by Professor Joseph Kofi Teye of the Centre for Migration Studies is set to play a key role in a 20 million euros global research hub called the South-south Migration, Inequality and Development Hub.
The research project which would span for five years is aimed at exploring the impact of migration in the global south is affecting inequality and development in less developed regions.
South-South migration is defined as the movement of people within developing countries.
Speaking in an exclusive interview at the launch of the project, Director of the Centre for Migration Studies, Professor Joseph Kofi Teye told Univers News that the project will focus on the Ghana-China corridor.
“as far as the research is concerned, we are working on the Ghana-China corridor. So we will look at the migration flows from China-Ghana, what the migrants are engaged in. We may look at issues of inequalities generated through that migration and how the benefits of migration could be harnessed.” he said.
Also, speaking at the sidelines of the program, International Migration Expert at the Coventry University, who would also head the research hub, Professor Heaven Crawley said that the hub would incorporate all disciplines in the bid to understand the relationship between migration and inequality to inform policy formulation in the global system.
“this is intended to be an inter-disciplinary research hub and genuinely it is. We have Geography, Economics, Social Anthropology, Politics, International Relations, almost every discipline is represented. Also within these disciplines they cover the issues in different methodological ways. So we are looking at large scale samples of surveys and people who understand what is happening…we will also engage in in depth interviews with people in the Global south and allow them tell their stories.” She said.
The hub will explore South-South migration in six global corridors linking origins and destination, particularly routes Nepal-Malaysia, China-Ghana, Burkina Faso-Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia- South Africa, Haiti-Brazil and Egypt- Jordon.
Over the next five years, the Hub will work with governments, international agencies, partners and NGO’s on the ground in these countries and around the globe to maximise the benefits of the south-south migration for development and to investigate how it contributes to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as ending poverty and reducing inequality.
Story by: Dorothy Buatsi|universnewsroom.com