Artisanal Gold Mining Camps in the Butana (Eastern Sudan) as Migration Hubs
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Original versionBergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Sudan Brief 2023:1) 4 p.
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining sites have become large-scale migration hubs for thousands of young men from Sudan and its neighbouring countries. The April 15 war is likely to increase artisanal gold mining since those who were displaced by the war might seek gold mining as a source of income. This could lead to growing pressure on the available services in the camps and intensify competition over resources. Better organization of the mining industry and improved migration management will benefit both the Sudanese and foreign governments, as well as the gold miners themselves.