Log in

Create a user profile using your existing professional profile on LinkedIn, Academia, or ResearchGate.


Alternatively, register a username and password to start an account.


By creating an account you will be able to contribute articles, engage in discussion groups, network with fellow professionals and businesses, and receive interest-related alerts.

Forgot Password

Please enter your email address below and you will receive a temporary link to re-activate your account

Article image

Downloads

Website References

Districts

Human settlements

Migration

Municipalities

Planning

Policy

Population

South Africa

Urban and Regional Dynamics

Using election registration data to measure migration trends in South Africa

CSIR Policy Note

The development of suitable policy and planning responses requires reliable, comparable and timely information which presents a problem as migration-specific surveys at national scale do not occur frequently in South Africa. The data collected nationally is not always sufficient when migration is analysed. The South African National Development Plan even indicated that data on migration into and within South Africa is poorly collected, weakly analysed and often deceptive. The plan noted that municipalities were often unable to respond effectively because they did not have sufficient recent data or the necessary skills to make sense of the data they have. Efforts to incorporate migration trends and data into long term policy will require better data and better data integration into planning processes.

Engagements with a number of municipalities indicated the need for more regular demographic data given the extent of settlement change observed - migration information was identified by these municipalities as a key data layer. After an initial search for suitable alternative migration data sources it was decided to approach the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to explore voter registration data as an alternative source for migration data.

Article description based directly on source.

View Contributors:

Comments

No comments available
LOAD MORE