Do the COMESA, EAC and SADC migration regimes fall within the framework of the tripartite free trade area?

Image: Getty, John Wessels/AFP
Image: Getty, John Wessels/AFP

Historically, Africa has experienced numerous voluntary and forced migratory movements.

Factors driving migration include deteriorating political climates in some countries, characterised by armed conflict and insecurity, and poor economic conditions. Climate change is also expected to influence future migratory patterns in Africa. On arrival in their host states, most migrants seek economic opportunities to support themselves, and invariably end up competing with locals for scarce jobs. Migration regulation in Africa is fragmented, with different states seeking different pathways to deal with immigrants. Harmonisation of migration measures at regional level is important. One such opportunity to accomplish this lies within the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the still to be implemented free trade agreement between SADC, the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).

15 Feb 2018

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SAIIA Occasional Paper No 276, February 2018
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Economic Diplomacy
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Southern African Development Community (SADC), Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA)

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