Creative Ideas on migration Will Open the Doors to Growth

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Publication Date: 
28 October 2014
Publisher: 
Times Media (Pty) Ltd
Publication Place: 
Rosebank
Publication Language: 
EN
Appearing in: 
Business Day
Pages: 
Online page
Abstract: 

SA IS the destination of many workers from the rest of Africa and from the rest of the world. We know that about 7% of SA’s workforce is foreign. More than 38% of workers in gold mines are non-South African citizens and more than 22% of mine workers in all sectors hail from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Data are sketchy and grossly underestimate the phenomenon. Many migrants are employed in informal positions, with precarious jobs, both in terms of safety and social security. Most undocumented migrant workers are poorly captured by official statistics. By all means, migrant workers are a fundamental factor in SA’s economic development. But how supportive and reliable is the present administrative and legislative framework?