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Keywords:

  • Labour mobility;
  • East Africa;
  • development;
  • institutions;
  • labour migration

This article advocates an institutional perspective in analysing labour mobility, since rules governing cross-border labour markets are an embodiment of access and participation rights, and can determine the formalisation or informalisation of work and the protection and benefits accrued by migrant workers. It examines the East African Community's Common Market Protocol of July 2010, which seeks to promote the ‘free movement of workers’ within the Community. It argues that there are contradictions and inconsistencies in implementing the Protocol and provides recommendations for addressing them.