Research Activities

Research Projects 2023

Transnational Social Protection in Southern Africa


The purpose of this research project is to examine the institutions and practices of social protection for transnational migrants in southern Africa. International migration has been an integral part of southern African history since the late 19th century, but its character has changed significantly with the arrival of democracy in South Africa in the late 20th century. This research project discusses the current and former migrants’ strategies to cope with social risks in the fields of employment, health and care. In so doing, we shall pay attention to not only formal social protection in the forms of social security and social assistance for transnational migrants in both origin and destination countries, but also informal social protection arising from migrants’ personal networks.


April 2022 - March 2024

Role Member
[ Organizer ] Sato, Chizuko
[ Co-researcher ] Makino, Kumiko
[ Co-researcher ] Aminaka, Akiyo
Expected Outcome
  • Book published by IDE (Japanese)