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Trade, Migration and Law Free Movement of Persons in the Southern African Development Community

By Victor T. Amadi Copyright 2022
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book explores how law and policy makers within the Southern African Development Community regional structure might reform the legal and regulatory frameworks to best capitalise the benefits of the movement of people, drawing lessons from other experienced jurisdictions by critically engaging with the regulatory efforts and approaches in regions such as the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the East African Community to propose a revised approach to migration governance and practice in the SADC. Deeper regional integration allows citizens to move freely across national boundaries, and services are a rising component of global trade and investment. However, global trade in services is stifled by barriers at and behind the border. These barriers make it difficult for service providers from developing regions to access key markets in their preferred modes of service trade. Against this background, this book aims to take the discussion on furthering regional integration and trade through the movement of people by tackling issues on stringent immigration policies, arguing that having a vibrant and rewarding trade in services will require an approach towards the unrestricted movement of persons.

    Part 1: Understanding Regional Integration and the Laws Regulating the Movement of Persons

    1. Introduction to Regional Integration and the Movement of Persons

    2. Legal Provisions Relating to the Movement of People

    Part 2: Approach to the Movement of Persons Within the EU, ECOWAS and EAC: What Can Be Learned?

    3. Comparison Between the European Union, Economic Community of West African States and East African Community

    Part 3: The Impetus for Migration Governance Reform in the SADC

    4. Movement of People in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with Reference to South Africa

    5. Reassessing the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Approach to Movement of People

    Part 4: Conclusion

    6. Conclusion and Recommendations


    Victor T. Amadi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.