SKILLS, GROWTH AND BORDERS: Managing migration in South Africa’s national interest13 Nov 2010, by
South Africa suffers from debilitating skills shortage. Its own skills production system is grossly inefficient. Making matters worse, skilled people have been leaving the country at an alarming rate. In the long term, the skills production system needs to be reformed while in the short term an urgent reform of South Africa’s migration policy might help so that hundreds of thousands of skilled people can be enabled to live and work here.This report makes the case for reducing South Africa’s skills shortages by recruiting large numbers of skilled foreigners and by improving the flows of economic migrants and asylum-seekers.