Angola announces plans to develop labour migration policy

Angolan government plans to create a labour migration policy to provide better benefits and opportunities to migrant workers and their families.

The move is also part of strategy to improve labour and migration management, the Labour General Inspector, Vassili Agostinho, told an opening ceremony of the Seminar on National Labour Migration Policy on Tuesday.

He said only four member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have national migration policies so far.

These States – Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles and Zimbabwes- have comprehensive national policies on labour migration, while the four others (Botswana, Malawi and South Africa) are in the process of moving towards creating one, he said.

Vassili Agostinho clarified that other members, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Zambia, had recently expressed interest in developing the same policy.

As for Angola, he said that it does not yet have one, but is creating the bases to develop a labour migration policy, noting that, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), it held, in 2021, a Workshop on the Policy Employment for Migrants in Angola (Recruitment Process).

The workshop discussed issues related to migrant employment policies and the strengthening of cooperation between all institutions were discussed, sharing data that can help MAPTSS to have more access to information on the entries and exits of migrant workers.

In turn, the head of the IOM Office in Angola, Alberto Muxa, expressed his institution’s availability to work with the Angolan Government in the creation of this national policy

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)