SOUTH AFRICA’S MIGRATION DYNAMICS: FROM SEGREGATION TO INTEGRATION

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Bianca-Anastasia Ionel
George Mihai Constantinescu

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Migration is an extremely complex and sensitive concept. The main research purpose is the migration phenomena from the perspective of integration policies adopted by the country of destination concerning the process of cross-border immigration. In this research, we used as a case study the events in South Africa from 2014 until 2019. We chose this country because of its economic development, relative prosperity being one of the main reasons why migrants chose this country. The government is obliged to rethink its policies regarding the status of migrants. Using a qualitative approach, we used four levels of analysis (access to education, labor market, healthcare, political participation) to conduct an exploratory study on how South Africa’s government manages the integration policies. Using official documents and media articles we tried to determine the main characteristics of public policies in regards to integration in terms of social, economics, and politics.  

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Ionel, B.-A., & Constantinescu, G. M. . (2021). SOUTH AFRICA’S MIGRATION DYNAMICS: FROM SEGREGATION TO INTEGRATION. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(2), 61-72. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA21720061l
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Bianca-Anastasia Ionel, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Ionel Bianca-Anastasia is a recent graduate of the master's degree in International Development from the faculty of Political, Administrative, and Communication Sciences and a Law student at Babes-Bolyai University. She is also a former junior researcher at Babes-Bolyai University - College for Advanced Performance Studies, where she researched the development and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Babes-Bolyai University. She is passionate about learning about how societies evolve, this is reflected in her research interests and how they interact looking into the multi-faceted concept of CSR, international development, and migration. She has done research on the topic of the Romanian’s immigration to Australia, In this research she hopes to shed more light on this part of the Romanian Diaspora. Bianca is a holder of many scholarships to attend international and national conferences such as Young Ambassador Programme held at Caux, but also was be part of the IPSA International Congress 2021.

George Mihai Constantinescu, Central European University - Vienna, Austria

George Mihai Constantinescu is a recent Political Science graduate of Central European University and a former junior researcher at Babes-Bolyai University - College for Advanced Performance Studies. It is the holder of the 2018 "Excellentia Prize" and 2019 Special Research Fellowship, both awarded by Babes-Bolyai University for outstanding academic and research activities. It has a strong interest in norms' diffusion in the international system with a strong focus on democratization and hybrid regimes. After conducting several projects regarding the European normative power and the soft power of small states currently is interested in the process that determines local elites to alter external democratizing power. Specifically, it follows the argument that domestic political elite from Western Balkans and Eastern Europe has the ability to take over components of the EU's democratizing efforts in the region and turn them into instruments that slow down the transfer of norms while strengthening their relations with black knights like Russian Federation.

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