Online Resource: MHub
In this post, we would like to highlight the work of the MHub online resource. MHub is a collaborative project run on behalf of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force whose member agencies include the Danish Refugee Council, International Organization for Migration, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, and the UNHCR. The aim of MHub is to help “promote a human rights-based approach to ensuring the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.”
The concept of a mixed migration approach is relatively new in the fields of refugee and forced migration structures and aims to reflect the irregular nature and multiplicity of factors associated with complex population movements. A mixed migration flow can incorporate population movements for different reasons including refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants, environmental migrants and victims of smuggling and trafficking. Many of these may make use of the same routes and methods of transportation to seek a new home in an overseas destination.
The aim and purpose of MHub is therefore to act as a central hub for the collation of knowledge, data and research in relation to mixed migration in North Africa, and to disseminate this data to interested stakeholders. MHub also hopes to become:
A platform for inter-agency exchange and coordination.
A centre for pooling expertise and advocacy.
To disseminate good and innovative practices.
To establish priority areas for cooperation and potential joint programme responses.