Recent years have seen record numbers of Africans forcibly displaced from their homes. The most recent figure of 25 million people displaced is a 500-percent increase from 2005. While much attention focuses on economic migrants who are trying to cross into Europe, 95 percent of those who are displaced remain on the continent. Two-thirds of these are displaced within their home countries. In short, the reality faced is more accurately characterized as an African displacement, rather than a European migrant, crisis.
This paper explores the drivers of population displacement in Africa, security ramifications, and priorities for reversing this destabilizing trend. For full access to Shifting Borders: Africa’s Displacement Crisis and Its Security Implications, please follow the link.