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1 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 1 African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag X3, Wits 2050, South Africa T: F: | Migrating for Work Research Consortium Project funded by the European Union EU-South Africa Dialogue Facility EuropeAid/132200/L/ACT/ZA. Coordinated by the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand UNECA Regional Experts Meeting on Migration & Development – 3-4 July 2013 – Addis Ababa

2 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 2 The African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits An internationally engaged; Africa-oriented; and African-based research and teaching centre dedicated to shaping academic and policy debates on migration, development and social transformation Graduate degree programme with students from across Africa, North America, and Europe; Research in 12 African countries on issues related to migration, human rights, development, governance, and social change; Partnerships on 4 continents; Regional reference point for public and scholarly debate and policy formation.

3 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 3 Outline 1. Programme background and rationale 2. Partnership and organisational structure3. Programme components 4. Researching labour migration in national African contexts

4 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 4 1. Programme background and rationale To upgrade the quality of the EU-SA migration dialogue (Magôbagôba dialogue) and other pillars of the Strategic Partnership To build awareness and capacity among SA Government departments and civil society

5 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 5 1. Programme outcomes 5. Support evidence-based regional and national policy reform in the area of labour migration 4. Use the project as a catalyst for capacity-building among these key target groups 3. Ensure relevant dissemination and outreach of project findings from the start through a close association with boundary partners and key target groups 2. Update existing quantitative and qualitative data on foreigners position in the South African labour market and build a sustainable survey instrument 1. Overview of existing migration, labour & economic growth policy frameworks in the Southern African context

6 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 6 2. Partnership and organisational structure Partners ACMS, Wits (Main Beneficiary and Coordinator) GovInn, Univ. Pretoria UNESCO Chair on Regional Int., Mobility and Free Movement UNU-CRIS Bruges DoL ILO Associates SALGA Stats SA IOM Boundary partners / Stakeholders DHA DoH / DHET / COGTA / Dti… … (not exhaustive) Target groups Officials: DoL; DIRCO; DHA; EuropeAid; EU Del. SADC sec & member states; Rep.of SA organised labour; business; NGOs SA & migrant workers

7 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 7 3. Programme components Activity 1: Research programme Regional labour and migration policy reviews Development of survey instrument Low and high-skilled migrant labour (qualitative studies) Social rights portability (qualitative study) Activity 2: Dissemination and outreach Availability of data in public domain Contacts, interventions and interactions with policy-makers Framing and dissemination of outputs Activity 3: Capacity-building and policy- influencing Close partnership with Gov dpts Foresight labour migration policy development exercise Direct inputs in national, regional, and bilateral policy processes 3 activity clusters

8 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 8 3. Programme components Activity 1: Research Programme 4 work packages WP1. Policy - Regional labour and migration policy reviews (selection SADC & SA) Immigration policy Labour market policy Economic growth WP2. Data - Development of survey instrument Critical review of existing data sets & best pratices Improvement of migration module in national Labour Force Survey Municipal-level labour market surveys WP3. Sectors - Low and high-skilled migrant labour in SA (qualitative studies) Construction /mining Agriculture Hospitality Domestic work Public health (highly-skilled) WP4. Social rights portability Overview of existing policy frameworks between South Africa and its neighbours Case study of domestic workers access to social rights

9 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 9 4. Researching labour migration in national African contexts 1. Specificity of national labour market dynamics + regional political economy 2. Inclusive partnership with key labour partners – shift away from Home Affairs to Labour, non-state organisations (unions, business) 3. Inclusive but independent research agenda & design (capacity- building within state research entities) 4. Building on existing instruments within national statistical agencies (Stats SA) 5. Ongoing dissemination and harnessing of ongoing policy processes 6. Series of policy-makers learning events at national and regional level

10 Migrating for Work Research Consortium 10 African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag X3, Wits 2050, South Africa T: F: | Migrating for Work Research Consortium Project funded by the European Union EU-South Africa Dialogue Facility EuropeAid/132200/L/ACT/ZA. Coordinated by the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand UNECA Regional Experts Meeting on Migration & Development – 3-4 July 2013 – Addis Ababa


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