Jonathan Crush was raised in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. After obtaining his first degree at Cambridge University, he moved to Canada and completed his M.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University and Ph.D. at Queen’s University. The initial focus of his research was the history of the colonial and apartheid migrant labour system in Southern Africa.
Jonathan’s policy work on migration and development took root during the 1990s, when he and South African colleagues at the University of Cape Town, through an International Development Research Centre-funded project, pursued policy alternatives to the destructive South African mine migration system. In the mid-1990s, Canadian efforts to engage with South Africa, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), gave him new opportunities to research the policy implications of new migration movements with African colleagues.
After the collapse of apartheid, 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 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. In 2005, he co-founded the CIDA-funded African Food Security Urban Network, a research, policy and capacity-building network of Canadian and African universities, NGOs and municipal governance networks. Since joining the Balsillie School, he has established the Hungry Cities Initiative (funded by CIGI) with colleagues from Laurier and Waterloo and is working with colleagues in theInternational Migration Research Centre on several initiatives including the Diasporas, Development and Governance in the Global South project.
To watch interviews with Dr. Jonathan Crush, go to CIGI’s Inside the Issues 2.19: “International Migration and Development”.
To follow African migration and food security issues on Facebook, go to Moving on Empty.