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Voices of critical skilled migrants in South Africa

22 June 2018
12:15 - 14:00

Date:       22 June 2018
Time:       12:00-14.00
Venue:     Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere, Mr Nedson Pophiwa, Ms Marie Wentzel, Mr Johan Viljoen and Prof Barwa Kanyane, Human Sciences Research Council

Programme director:
Prof Narnia Bohler Muller, Executive Director (ED): DGSD, Acting ED AISA

Presentation is available for download below:

This study investigates ways in which South Africa could attract, retain and integrate skilled immigrants into different sectors of the economy. It seeks to explore factors that make South Africa a country of choice for critical skille d migrants, who are South Africa’s competitors in attracting critical skilled migrants and why, what are South Africa’s competitors doing better that could be emulated, what is South Africa’s current migration policy on attracting critical skilled migrants and how critical skilled migrants view South Africa. The study also explores  the experience of critical skilled migrants in migrating to South Africa and in their view what needs to change.

Central to the xenophobic violence is the notion that foreigners are taking jobs that should go to locals. In that regard, the study seeks to understand which obstacles prevent successful labour market integrat ion of criticall skilled  m igrants on arriving in South Africa. It is envisioned that the findings of the study will highlight key challenges and critical aspects to consider in immigration­ related policy formulation and implementation that would enhance South Africa’s ability to attract and retain skilled migrants deemed ” critical” to South Africa’s development and growth.

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Cape Town:
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The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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