Introduction Curriculum Assessment of Performance Delivery Mechanisms
Migration Training

SAMP Between 2002 and 2007, partnered with the University of Witwatersrand to offer regular in-service courses of interest to middle managers in the public and private sectors on a range of migration-related issues.

Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
University of the Witwatersrand

Certificated Programme in

International Migration Policy and Management

Contact Details:
Phone: +27-11-717-3785
Fax: +27-11-717-3699

In partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency through the
Southern African Migration Project

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The certificated course was designed to build the capacity of government and civil society managers involved in migration issues and management.  Shifts in the character of migration to and within the Southern African region over the last decade pose significant challenges for effective management and good governance.  Attempts to craft a regional policy regime appropriate to the new emphasis on regional cooperation within SADC demand that all stakeholders begin to consider alternative models of cooperation and migration management.  The development of a new migration system in Southern Africa requires new knowledge, new management techniques and effective training:

  • Generation and dissemination of reliable information about the dimensions, causes, impacts and remedies for regional cross-border migration.  Where this information exists it needs to be internalized in policy responses and debates.
  • Policies that are effective and attuned to the new realties of legal and unauthorized movements of people within the SADC region.
  • Legislation and policies that are in harmony with international commitments and conventions and good neighbourliness between SADC partners.
  • Policies that are attuned to the wishes of citizens and legal residents but which do not facilitate or encourage hostility or xenophobia.
  • Greater harmonization between national policy and inter-governmental responses that are consistent with movement towards regional cooperation and the free trade, education and tourism protocols.
  • Improved cooperation between government departments with interests in immigration issues and better relations between government and other players in the migration field such as unions, employer’s associations, migrant associations, refugee forums, and other NGO’s.
  • Better and more systematic training for officials and representatives of migration-related organizations both within states and across the region.

1.1 Objectives and Outcomes

To build the capacity of migration managers and agencies in the southern African region to make sound and effective knowledge-based managerial decisions on cross-border population movements to and within SADC by:

  • Providing participants with a critical understanding of the context and dimensions of the implications of globalization for international migration to the country and region

  • Familiarising participants with basic migration concepts and management trends in a development context

  • Developing practical knowledge of the international, regional and national regulatory and legal principles of migration management

  • Developing analytical skills for processing and acting upon sound information and knowledge about cross-border migration to South Africa and within the SADC region

1.2 Target Groups

Managers from assistant management level to senior managers in the Departments of Home Affairs, Labour, Social Welfare, Health and Education as well as middle-level managers of civil society organizations, research institutes, and legal practitioners. Demand for the course will come from South Africa and other SADC countries.

1.3 Level of Competence

Certificate of Competence

The course ran for 4 weeks involving 120 contact hours. Successful completion of the course requires achievement of the competencies in the course.




2.1 Course Objectives

The need for this course emerged out of the challenges facing administrators and practitioners caught in the contradiction between rapidly changing forms of migration within and to SADC member states and insufficient training to meet the governance, legal and human rights challenges posed by these movements.

One of the key needs was for capacity-building at the middle and senior-levels of government, across departments and within civil society organizations.  Training focussed on improving knowledge of (a) the causes, nature and implications of these movements; (b) international, regional and national legislation and regulatory frameworks; and (c) the informational and legal parameters for sound, knowledgeable and coordinated decision-making.

The specific objectives of the training course were:

  • To improve the knowledge of migration trainees of the international context of migration within which they must operate and make decisions about migration management

  • To provide migration trainees with rigorous and reliable knowledge about the dimensions, trends, cause, consequences and impacts for host and destination countries of cross-border migration

  • To provide high-quality and rigorous in-service training in the area of migration management, policy and law. The courses would have an international and comparative dimension but be focused on the practical realities and challenges of the SADC region.

  • To provide basic training in the constitutional, legal and human rights parameters within which policy is made and enforced

  • To sensitize migration trainees to the gendered character of migration and the implications for gender-sensitive management

  • To provide a forum for inter-change and sharing of ideas between government officials from different departments and with other organizations with interests in the migration area including unions, NGO’s, legal experts and migrant organizations.

2.2 Course Structure

The course was conducted as a four week programme. The course ran on a modular system. This allows for 120 hours of contact time:

Module 1: International and regional migration issues and trends

Module 2: Migration management

Module 3: International and national legal frameworks

Module 4: Migration and social policy

2.3 Course Modules

Module 1: Overview of international and regional migration trends

  • Understanding migration and immigration
  • Globalization and international migration
  • Cross-border migration in SADC
  • Migration causes and consequences within SADC
  • International standards
  • National interests vs. regional cooperation

Module 2: Migration management

  • General management and managerial skills
  • Formulating immigration policy
  • Research for policy-making
  • Information and data needs
  • Inter-departmental cooperation
  • Border controls and security
  • Enforcement mechanisms
  • Irregular migration

Module 3: International and National Legal Frameworks

  • International standards and conventions
  • National legislation/Immigration law
  • Contract migration and bilateral treaties
  • Refugee protection and determination
  • Regional cooperation and protocols/Human rights

Module 4: Migration and Social Policy

  • Social policy implications of migration
  • Social capital/Migration and gender
  • Migration and HIV-AIDS
  • Implications for health and social services
  • Xenophobia and social integration
  • General policy challenges of migration

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Assessment of Performance

Participants were expected to provide evidence that they have developed the competencies, knowledge and understanding necessary to obtain a Certificate of Competence.   To demonstrate their achievement of competence and successfully complete the programme, participants satisfied the following requirements: (a) attendance at all lectures and sessions; (b) attendance and participation in group learning work; (c) complete and pass all assignments and tests. Assessment will take place through facilitator assessment and feedback, self assessment and peer assessment of tasks and activities.

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The training course was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the South African Department of Home Affairs.

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