WP1: Policy

The state of labour, migration and economic development policies between South Africa and its SADC partners

WP1 provides an overview of migration and labour policies in southern Africa through a comparative analysis of a sub-set of southern African countries (Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho). The study aimed to identify replicable best practices within the region, and gauge the extent to which lessons learnt in other regional contexts (including the EU) are taken into account in policy formulation processes.

Empirical evidence derived from WP 1 is informing on-going policy discussions. Of note is the consultative meeting, Towards a Regional Strategy on Labour Migration that was organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The work package's research report suggests that establishing the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) as a regional migration policy test centre would be a stepping stone towards the development of a more coherent SADC labour migration framework. This would be achieved through utilising the existing bilateral agreements within the SACU to establish a framework for neighbouring countries that fall under the SACU. For further information on these regional frameworks, please download MiWORC Report #1 at the link below.