Consequences for Lesotho of changing South African labour demand

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Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal African Society


This article gives a brief overview of migrant labor trends between Lesotho and South Africa since 1970 and assesses the factors contributing to these trends. The second section looks to the future with an analysis of several scenarios that could develop in South Africa and how each would affect demand for migrant labor from Lesotho. The authors then evaluate the likely impacts of these various scenarios on Lesotho's domestic economy and offer a discussion of policy initiatives the Lesotho government may pursue in response to the projected scenarios.


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Social impacts, Livelihoods, International migration, Labor demands, South africa, Farm/Enterprise Scale Governance


African Affairs 85(338): 23-48