Developing a Conceptual Framework of Skills Immigration in South Africa


  • CJ Botha
  • F Rasool


South Africa is in the throes of a skills crisis. This situation is seriously hampering the country’s economic progress and global participation. This study focuses on the analysis of skills migration in South Africa, and specifically aims to provide a conceptual framework for better cognition of the skills situation in South Africa. This crisis is largely due to the failure of the national education and training system to supply the economy with much needed skills required to support economic growth and job creation. The findings of this study indicated that there are various factors that are contributing to the skills shortages in the country. Some of the factors include: poor education standards, emigration, crime and HIV. It must be noted that these factors cannot be addressed overnight. Hence, this paper emphasised the role that skilled foreign workers can play in alleviating the skills shortages in the country. The contribution of foreign workers could be viewed as a short to medium solution to the skills crisis. Finally, this study has confirmed the findings of similar studies undertaken by the Centre for Development and Enterprise that opening the doors to high-skilled immigration can only serve as a means of supplementing the skills pool and hence contributing to the economic growth of the country.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n20p62


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Developing a Conceptual Framework of Skills Immigration in South Africa. (2014). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(20), 62.