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Thursday, 08 September 2016

Revisiting the Migration Regimes in the EAC, SADC and COMESA


SAIIA and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) held a policy dialogue on  ‘Revisiting the Migration Regimes in the EAC, SADC and COMESA.’

Migration and refugee flows have become among the biggest challenges facing the world in recent years. In 2014 alone 13.9 million individuals were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution, both within and beyond their own countries. In November 2015 the EU and Africa held a summit on migration in Valetta, Malta, to discuss joint approaches to combating both the immediate problem and the longer-term causes.

SAIIA and KAS, undertook a research study focusing on the immigration protocols within the three regional economic communities making up the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). In addition, SAIIA explored relevant legal agreements within the TFTA which may give guidance on how free movement of labour within the 26-country free trade area may be affected by states potentially in crisis both within, and outside of the TFTA. This policy dialogue revisited the migration regimes in the EAC, SADC and COMESA.

Event details

Date:            Thursday, 8 September 2016
Enquiries:    Charisma Ncube on


09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-09:50 Welcome and Opening Remarks
         Neuma Grobbelaar, Director of Research (SAIIA)
         Dr Holger Dix, Resident Representative (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)

09:50-10:10 Session 1: Revisiting the Migration regimes within the EAC, SADC & COMESA
        Azwimpheleli Langalanga and Charisma Ncube, Researchers (SAIIA)
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        Respondent: Dr Innocent Moyo, Senior Lecturer and Researcher (University of Zululand)
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        Moderator: Dr Zaheera Jinnah, Senior Researcher (African Centre for Migration and Society)

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-11:50 Session 2: Mapping Economic Migration in COMESA
        Mr Fudzai Pamacheche, TFTA Coordinator (COMESA)
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        Respondent: Boris Mulengu, Mixed Migration specialist (Zambia Department of Immigration)
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        Moderator: Solomon Baregu, Researcher (Economic and Social Research Foundation)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:20 Session 3: Migration Trends in the EAC and SADC
       JB Cronje, Researcher (TRALAC)
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       Respondent: Professor Tsotetsi Makong, Senior Lecturer (TRAPCA)
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       Respondent: Malcolm McKinnon, Team Leader and Senior Trade Advisor (SADC)
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       Moderator: Moderated by Asmita Parshotam, Researcher (SAIIA)

15:20-15:30 Closing Remarks
      Talitha Bertelsman-Scott, Head: Economic Diplomacy Programme (SAIIA)