Policy making in context
Whilst both migration and health are highly political issues in South Africa and globally, policy responses do to not appear to prioritise harnessing the developmental benefits of migration. Consequently, as a by-product of poor policy, unhealthy migrant populations – such as migrant farm workers – are often created. This project investigates the making and effects of policy around migration and health for migrant farm workers in Vhembe District, Limpopo.
Very little is known about what drives policy making in South Africa, particularly around migration and health. Understanding policy to be the result of both action and a lack of action on the part of the state, the aim of this project is to develop an approach that is able to go some way in explaining the policy process in South Africa.
Using migration and health policies as case studies, this project will examine how these policies are made, what effect they have on the health of migrant farm workers, and how these findings can be used to improve both the policy process and policy responses to migration and health in South Africa.
As an exploratory project, a mixed methods approach will be used, which will include key informant interviews, an analysis of grey literature, process tracing, and a quantitative survey with migrant farm workers.