July 02, 2019

The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) hosted a 2 days working meeting on 1-2/7/2019 within the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub representing a £20 million global research hub – funded through UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and led by Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) –announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part an ambitious new approach to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The HUB involves universities and organizations from across the world to explore how the movement of people in the Global South is affecting inequality and development in less developed regions. The initiative is thought to be the largest study into global migration undertaken anywhere in the world by exploring South-South migration in six global ‘corridors’ linking origin and destination countries such as Nepal–Malaysia; China–Ghana; Burkina Faso–Cote D’Ivoire; Ethiopia–South Africa; Haiti–Brazil; and Egypt–Jordan.

The meeting was joined by: Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Awad, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo, Ms. Maysa Ayoub, Manager of Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the American University in Cairo, Ms. Leilah Elmokadem, American University in Cairo (AUC), Dr. Katharine Jones (Centre for Trust Peace & Social Relation, Coventry University), Dr. Jessica Sabine Hagen-Zanker (Politics and Governance (PoGo) at the Overseas Development Institute ODI), Dr. Nassim Majidi, Migration and Displacement (Samuel Hall), Prof. Dr. Heaven Crawley (Centre for Trust Peace & Social Relation, Coventry University), Dr. Alaa Tarawneh, Faculty of Business at The University of Jordan and CSS team’s members.

The Meeting has been set to plan the imminent implementation of the key research activities that are foreseen within the project. In particular, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) hosted the meeting that has been aimed to discuss the details of the Egypt-Jordan Corridor in cooperation with the School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the Centre for Trust Peace & Social Relation at Coventry University, Politics and Governance (PoGo) at the Overseas Development Institute ODI.

Egypt is the top remittance-receiving country in the MENA region with more than 500,000 Egyptians currently working in Jordan, predominantly in low-paid jobs in agriculture and construction. Migration is associated mainly with a lack of decent employment opportunities but also recent political instability and unrest. There is however some emerging evidence of Egyptian workers being displaced by policy initiatives designed to increase employment opportunities for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Research in this WP will focus on: the ‘ripple effects’ of policy initiatives for Egyptian migrants’ livelihood opportunities; impacts of remittance and other resource flows to Egypt, especially the impact on inequalities and development opportunities for children ‘left behind’ (WP2); and the effects on the decision making processes of migrants (WP4). It also explores the roles of recruitment intermediaries and their impact on development-related inequalities (WP5).

Over the next five years the Hub will work with governments, international agencies, partners and NGOs on the ground in these countries and around the globe to maximize the benefits of South-South migration for development – and to investigate how it contributes to the delivery of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as ending poverty and reducing inequality.