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South Africa - National consultation seminar on the project “Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in Developing Countries as Countries of Destination (ECLM)”

 

Organised by the OECD Development Centre, the ILO and the European Commission

23 June 2015

Pretoria, South Africa

 

 

Held in Pretoria on 23 June 2015, the consultation seminar was the third in-country event in Africa for the EU-funded project “Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in Developing Countries”. The seminar in Pretoria was organized by the ILO-OECD Development Centre project team in collaboration with Statistics South Africa.

The seminar brought together more than 30 policymakers, government officials and academics. During the opening session, statements were made by Mr Joni Musabayana, (Deputy Director of the ILO Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa and the ILO Country Office for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland), Ambassador Roeland van de Geer (Head of the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa), Mr Pali Lehohla (Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa) and Mr Sagren Govender (Director of the Public Employment Services in South Africa’s Department of Labour).

The seminar generated rich discussions on the policy context and the role of migrant labour in South Africa. Many presenters and participants made reference to the recent attacks in the country, the need to counter xenophobia, and the labour market characterized by high levels of (youth) unemployment. It was also emphasized that South Africa has historically benefited from migrant labour in selected economic sectors. Recent flows demonstrate very diverse patterns and seem to have become more complex. Many participants agreed on the need for better coordination of migration policies, to ensure decent work for migrants and non-migrants alike, as well as for more research on migration issues.

 

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ECLM Consultation Seminar in Pretoria, South Africa, in June 2015

From left to right: Sarah Kups (OECD Development Centre), Ambassador Roeland van de Geer (Head of the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa), Joni Musabayana, (Deputy Director of the ILO Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa and the ILO Country Office for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland), Pali Lehohla (Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa), Sagren Govender (Director of the Public Employment Services in South Africa’s Department of Labour), Theo Sparreboom (International Labour Organization).