Borders to bridges: unlocking Africa for Africans!

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Join this public webinar that is being co-organised by the Young African Leaders Programme (YALP) of the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance (STG), and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre, aiming to enhance public awareness and understanding of the Free Movement Protocol (FMP) in support of the efforts of the African Union (AU) to secure the buy-in of state parties.

By highlighting FMP’s practical implications in everyday life, such as easing travel across the continent for work, tourism, or studies, as well as potential challenges and how these can be tackled or addressed by the AU and its member states, the organisers hope to make the FMP more tangible and accessible to the audience.

The African Union (AU) has been a driving force in promoting regional integration across the continent. A significant milestone in this journey was the launch of the AU passport in 2016, signifying the AU’s commitment to foster free movement, peace, and unity. This commitment was further solidified in 2018 with the adoption of two ground breaking initiatives: the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Free Movement of Persons Protocol (FMP). The FMP in Africa is a key step towards fostering integration and unity among African nations. However, its potential impact and the challenges it aims to address are not always well-understood by the general public. This event aims to demystify the FMP by presenting its benefits and challenges in a relatable manner. The organisers believe the public is also key to pushing for the adoption of the Protocol at the national level.


Mehari Maru (European University Institute);

Martin Ruhs (Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI).


Popi Sibiya (Freelance);

Minuifuong Nghombombong (Bongalo);

Amina Souleimani (Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA));

Tola Onayemi (Norebase).


Chime Asonye (Naija Mental Health).


‘Borders to bridges’ programme.