MIGRA’s South Africa Study Sparks Ongoing Media Discussion


Alan Hirsch, Director of the Migration Governance Reform in Africa Program (MIGRA) at the New South Institute, has continued to engage with both academic and public audiences on the subject of migration in South Africa. His recent appearances on media platforms, including eNCA and Radio 702’s Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa, have brought to light the findings from the “South Africa Country Study: Migration Trends, Policy, Implementation, and Outcomes.

On eNCA, a segment aired on 19 February 2024 focused on the challenges and irregularities in the Department of Home Affairs, as detailed in the latest MIGRA report. This discussion underscored the critical need for policy reform to address migration and employment issues comprehensively.

Further elaborating on these themes, Hirsch’s interview on Radio 702 with Bongani Bingwa on 7 February 2024 provided an overview of the report’s findings. The conversation highlighted the evolution of migration trends in South Africa, the implementation of current policies, and their socioeconomic outcomes.

These engagements are part of MIGRA’s ongoing efforts to contribute to the discourse on migration governance. Through meticulous research and public discussion, the program aims to highlight the complexities of migration in South Africa, encouraging a factual understanding and consideration of policy reforms.

The “South Africa Country Study” report, available on the New South Institute’s website, offers an in-depth analysis of these issues. It presents data and recommendations intended to inform and guide the improvement of migration governance practices.

The New South Institute, through the work of MIGRA and its researchers, remains dedicated to advancing the understanding of migration issues. By sharing research findings and engaging in public discourse, NSI aims to contribute to the development of policies that effectively address the challenges and opportunities of migration in Africa.

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