Title

Discrimination by Default? Gender Concerns in South African Migration Policy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2001

Journal

Africa Today

Volume

48

Issue

3

First Page

73

Last Page

90

Abstract

This paper presents a gender analysis of the South African government's proposed new policy on international migration, identifying a number of areas of implicit gender discrimination. Such "discrimination by default" is of more than academic relevance, having important implications for national and regional development. Research undertaken by the Southern African Migration Project indicates a growing "feminization" of migration to South Africa from the Southern African region, as well as gender-specific motives and patterns of migration. If migration is to be effectively managed, such realities must be taken into account. The paper concludes by advocating a development-centered, "house- hold strategies" approach, both in understanding international migration to South Africa and in the further development and implementation of legislation.