He would like to thank Bimbika Basnett for her support and Ha-Joon Chang, Adrian Hewitt and Jessica Hagen-Zanker for their comments on earlier drafts of this article.
Labour Mobility in East Africa: An Analysis of the East African Community's Common Market and the Free Movement of Workers
Article first published online: 7 FEB 2013
© The Author 2013. Development Policy Review © 2013 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 131–148, March 2013
How to Cite
Basnett, Y. (2013), Labour Mobility in East Africa: An Analysis of the East African Community's Common Market and the Free Movement of Workers. Development Policy Review, 31: 131–148. doi: 10.1111/dpr.12000
- Issue published online: 7 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 7 FEB 2013
- first submitted November 2010; final revision accepted March 2012
- Labour mobility;
- East Africa;
- 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.