Voices of critical skilled migrants in South Africa

A case study of Gauteng province

Date:                Friday 22 June 2018
Time:               12h00-14h00
Venue:              Pretoria, Durban, 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, E.D. DGSD, Acting E.D. AISA

Programme Director:  Prof. Narnia Bohler Muller, E.D. DGSD, Acting E.D. AISA

Date: 22 June 2018  Time: 12:00 – 14:00  Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town


12:00        Arrival
12.15 - 12.20        Welcome address - Prof Crain Soudien

12.20 – 13.05        Presentation of Study Report - HSRC Researchers AISA & DGSD

13.05 – 13.25        Reflections on Study Report - Department of Home Affairs

13.25 – 13.50        Q & A/Comments  -  All

13.50 – 13.55        The way forward  - Dr Emmanuel Sekyere

13.55 – 14.00        Closure - Prof. Narnia Bohler Muller


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 skilled  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 integration of critical skilled  migrants 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.

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail: CErasmus@hsrc.ac.za
Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail: RKhan@hsrc.ac.za

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