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18 June 2018

HSRC to release the results of the study on the Voices of critical skilled migrants in SA

Adziliwi Nematandani
Press Release

Pretoria, Monday 18 June 2018 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will release the results of the study on the Voices of critical skilled migrants in South Africa on Friday 22 June 2018.

The study which was conducted in Gauteng province investigated ways in which South Africa could attract, retain and integrate skilled immigrants into different sectors of the economy. It also sought to explore  factors that made South Africa a country of choice for critical skilled migrants.

The study also explored the experience of critical skilled migrants in South Africa which could serve to improve systems and processes.
Moreover, it also sought to understand the obstacles that prevent the successful integration of skilled migrants into the South African labour market. Ultimately, this study aims to highlight key challenges and critical aspects to consider in developing and implementing the country’s immigration policies.

The study will therefore suggest policy recommendations which could enhance South Africa’s ability to attract and retain skilled migrants who could support the country’s growth and development objectives.

In its methodology, the study aimed to respond to the following questions:

  • 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 policy on attracting critical skilled migrants and do how critical skilled migrants view South Africa?

Department of Home Affairs’ Chief Director in Policy & Strategic Management, Dr John Carneson will deliver an address in response to the findings of the study.

The study was conducted by a team of HSRC researchers that include Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere, Mr Nedson Pophiwa, Ms Marie Wentzel, Mr Johan Viljoen and Professor Barwa Kanyane.

Media is invited as follows:

Date:                Friday 22 June 2018
Time:               12h00-14h00
Venue:              Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani, 0827659191 or

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Details of the Venue:

HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg on 012 302 2811 e-mail:

The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea
Contact: Ridhwaan Khan on 031 242 5400, 083 788 2786 or email:, or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail

Cape Town
HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town
Contact Jean Witten on 021 4668004 or email

Notes to the editor

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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