African Centre for Migration and Society


The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at Wits University in Johannesburg is Africa’s leading scholarly institutions for research and teaching on human mobility. Established in 1993, ACMS is an independent, interdisciplinary and internationally engaged institution focusing on relationships among human movement politics, poverty, and social transformation. While oriented towards Southern Africa, the Centre conducts collaborative scholarly and policy-oriented work across sub-Saharan Africa, and has partnerships in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It offers Africa’s only post-graduate degree in forced migration studies and provides training to students and professionals on topics ranging from the sociology of migration, mobility and health, human rights, and research methods.
While maintaining its scholarly independence, the Centre regularly joins with organisations in government and civil society in identifying data needs, conducting research and shaping policy. Centre staff are also regularly called on to provide expert advice and commentary to international organisations, governments, and the media.


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