A Region without Borders? Policy Frameworks for Regional Labour Migration towards South Africa

Posted: 22 Mar 2013 Last revised: 14 Nov 2013

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Chris Changwe Nshimbi

Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria

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Date Written: 2013

Abstract

International migration has increased pace of late. There were 214 million international migrants globally in 2010 and 155 million in 1990. 18% of the growth in the global immigrant population (representing a migrant stock increase of 13 million) between 1990 and 2010 included migrants in the global south. Most of these originated from within the global south. Africa shared a significant portion of that population. Of the 19.3 million immigrants living in Africa in 2010, 16 million were born there. In Southern Africa, the increase in migration partly results from economic liberalisation and structural adjustment programs implemented in the 1990s. The research upon which this paper is based addresses issues within the labour migration policy areas through a survey and analysis of legislative and policy frameworks regarding labour migration at regional level. Specifically, the research aims to provide an overview of existing policy frameworks and legislation on labour migration in selected regions of the world and then focuses on policy frameworks and legislations in the SADC. Data for the research includes secondary data gathered through desktop reviews of various literature and existing policy and legal documents on the subject and primary sources from interviews with policy stakeholders in SADC States.

Suggested Citation

Nshimbi, Christopher Changwe, A Region without Borders? Policy Frameworks for Regional Labour Migration towards South Africa (2013). ASA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2237123

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