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Coordination of Social Security: The Case of SADC

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Dupper, Ockert

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"
Abstract This paper will explore whether and to what extent the (legal) rules of coordination that originated and developed in the EU can be transposed to SADC – a region characterized by high levels of migration, weakly developed social security systems and the absence of suitable portability arrangements. The principle of coordination of social security is primarily aimed at eliminating restrictions that national social security schemes place upon the rights of migrant workers to such social security. One of the fundamental principles of social security coordination is that of portability, which is the ability to preserve, maintain, and transfer vested social security rights or rights in the process of being vested, independent of nationality and country of residence. The best practice around the world to ensure portability of social security entitlements consists of multilateral and bilateral social security agreements. These agreements originated and developed in the EU, and EU coordination arrangements arguably still represent the most sophisticated and developed system of its kind, and one that is worth emulating. In this paper, it is argued that any future attempts at coordinating social security schemes in SADC should start with employment injury chemes, which is the only social security scheme common to all SADC member states. The paper onsiders some of the issues that should be taken into account in designing social security greements in SADC along the lines of the EU model.
Keywords social security; EU; SADC; legal provision; migrant; country of origin; international agreement; labor migration; occupational mobility; labor law; legislation
Classification Social Security; Migration, Sociology of Migration; Labor Market Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages 34 p.
Series KFG Working Paper Series, 60
ISSN 1868-7601
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications