n Malawi Law Journal - Globalization, labour migration and the rights of migrant workers in Africa

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1996-7675



With the phenomenon of workers' migration across the globe not presenting a foreseeable end in the nearest future, and the subject being a less explored aspect of globalisation, it is timely to engage the African regional dimension of the subject within its broader global context. The objective of this essay is to define a platform for the application of human rights to migration issues in Africa as well as the theoretical parameters to that end. This essay therefore examines the normative frameworks for the protection of the rights of migrant workers and accentuates the implications of such standards and mechanisms for legal and policy initiatives in the African region. An effort is made to highlight some of the key issues that would confront policy makers in the origin, destination, and transit countries in Africa, in the longer and shorter terms. The discussions in the essay draw the trajectories for concerted national initiatives and regional responses, proffering viable modalities and strategies in that regard. Extrapolating from learned experiences around the world, this essay advocates the application of a rights-based approach to the challenges of labour migration and the plight of migrant workers in the African region and beyond.

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