Production & Livelihoods

Production and Livelihoods

Migrating for work remains the most common form of international mobility in the world. Although Southern Africa has had a long history of formal labour migration regimes, contemporary forms of movement are diverse, and complex. This research theme focuses on the policies, and practices of labour migration, and the work and livelihoods of migrants in South Africa. Using mixed methods researchers aim to understand the position of migrants in the labour market, the responses of government and trade unions to labour migration, and the everyday experiences and outcomes of migrants as they carve a living in South Africa towns, townships and cities.

Projects under this theme include Miworc  – a partnership between ACMS and a range of academic (GovINN, University of Pretoria; United Nations University – Centre for Comparative Regional Integration Studies; UNESCO Chair on Free Movement; Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, University of Sussex), government (Department of Labour; South African Local Government Association; Statistics South Africa), and international (ILO; International Organization for Migration (IOM)) partners. This research consortium worked to ensure that existing statistical data is explored and improved, and accurate empirical evidence produced, in order to improve policy-making in South Africa and the region with the view to South African governmental decisions being able to make a strong impact on the reality of millions of South African and foreign workers. See below for most recent publications.


2017 publications

Jinnah, Z. 2017. In the shadow of a state: Self-settlement strategies and informal governance amongst Somalis in Johannesburg. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 18, 881-895.

2016 publications

Jinnah, Z., 2016. L’Afrique du Sud face aux migrations économiques. Politique étrangère 53–63.

2015 publications

Jinnah, Z., and Cazarin, C., 2015. Making guests feel comfortable: Migrancy and labour in the hospitality sector in South Africa. MiWORC: University of the Witwatersrand.

Jinnah, Z., and Munakamwe, J., 2015. Migrant workers in the commercial agricultural sector in South Africa. Johannesburg. MiWORC: University of the Witwatersrand.

Kiwanuka, M., Jinnah, Z., Hartman-Pickerill, B., 2015. Getting the house in order: Foreign migrant workers in the domestic work sector in South Africa. MiWORC: University of the Witwatersrand.

Ledwith, S., Munakamwe, J., 2015. Gender, union leadership and collective bargaining: Brazil and South Africa. The Economic and Labour Relations Review 26, 411–429.

Munakamwe, J., 2015. Review of Costello, C. and Freedland, M. (eds.) (2014) Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law. Global Labour Journal 6.

2014 publications

Fauvelle-Aymar, C., 2014. Migration and employment in South Africa: An econometric analysis of domestic and international migrants. MiWORC. University of the Witwatersrand.

Budlender, D., Hartman-Pickerill, B., 2014. Migration and employment in South Africa: Statistical analysis of the migration module in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, third quarter 2012. African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand.

Polzer Ngwato, T., Jinnah, Z., 2014. Migrants and Mobilisation around Socio-Economic Rights, in M. Langford & B. Cousins & J. Dugard & T. Madlingozi (eds.) Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Symbols or Substance 389–420. Cambridge University Press: New York.