View on Africa: are terrorism and migration from Africa linked?


Limited anecdotal evidence is available about whether terrorist groups are actively using migrant routes. Preliminary research does show some causal relationships between migration and violent extremism, most commonly that migrants are much more likely to be fleeing extremism than perpetuating it.

Both migration and terrorism are key challenges facing Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugee population, and in the past five years, 33 000 people have died in terrorism-related violence on the continent.

This View on Africa briefing is presented by Aimée-Noël Mbiyozo, Senior Research Consultant with the ISS Migration Programme. She will discuss possible links between migration and violent extremism in Africa, including a case study on South Sudanese and Somali forced displaced people in Ethiopia.  

About View on Africa

Every Wednesday from 11h00 - 12h00 CAT (09h00 - 10h00 GMT), ISS researchers from Dakar, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Pretoria provide expert analysis of major events and trends in Africa. Introductory remarks are followed by an online Q&A with participants.

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