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Jonathan Crush is Director of the Southern African Research Centre at Queen's University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. He is the coordinator of two Canadian-African research and policy networks focusing on African urban food security and international migration and development. He is currently conducting a major study on the South Africa diaspora in Canada, the study is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

After the collapse of apartheid, there was a complete reconfiguration of migration movements in Africa, as South Africa became a destination for economic migrants as well as refugees from neighbouring countries and the rest of Africa. Jonathan advised the South African government on the development of new immigration and refugee policies and has consistently advocated for a developmental approach to South-South migration. He founded the Southern African Migration Project (now Programme) (a consortium of Canadian and African researchers) in 1997 and co-founded the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) with the IOM, in 2002.

 As international momentum has built for research and policies that connect migration with development, Jonathan has become a major contributor to international debates on the need for development-friendly governance of migrant movements. He has consulted on issues for a number of government departments and organization, including the G77 plus China; the Association of African, Caribbean and Pacific States; the OECD; the ILO; the Global Commission on International Migration; the World Bank; the UNDP and UNESCO. Jonathan also leads the CIDA-funded African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN), where he is working on promoting knowledge about food security issues through training, research, advocacy and community engagement. His current research focuses on South-South migration, diaspora engagement policy and the nexus between migration and food security.

A recipient of numerous academic awards and honours, including the Joel Gregory Prize of the Canadian Association of African Studies and a Queen's Research Chair in International Migration. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. He has authored or edited 10 books and over 120 journal articles and book chapters on migration issues.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:05