The East African Common Market Protocol provides for the movement of persons, travel documents and the free movement of workers in particular.
EAC Industry

Study Highlights Need for Free Movement of Labour in East Africa

DODOMA – A new study has urged member countries of the East African Community (EAC) to adopt labour migration policies based on international best practices, improve data management and boost the operationalization of One Stop Border Posts.

The comparative study assesses migration patterns and policy issues in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania – four of the six EAC countries.

In 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that there were about 19.3 million migrants in Africa, of which 8.4 million were classified as migrant workers.

In 2015, the estimated population of the EAC, which also includes South Sudan and Uganda, was over 145.5 million people, with a gross domestic product of about USD 147.5 billion.

As the region intensifies efforts to achieve its integration milestones, specifically within the context of the EAC Common Market Protocol, cross-border labour movements have made labour migration a pertinent issue for the partner states.

East African Common Market Protocol

The East African Common Market Protocol provides for the movement of persons, travel documents and the free movement of workers in particular. It focuses on three