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Uma A. Segal, Doreen Elliott, and Nazneen S. Mayadas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388138.001.0001

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South Africa

South Africa

Immigration to Post-Apartheid South Africa: Critical Reflections

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Immigration Worldwide

Brij Maharaj

Oxford University Press

There have been long delays in developing a new progressive immigration policy in South Africa. It is true that despite the numerous problems that face the majority of blacks in South Africa, for Africans from other parts of the continent, the country is perceived as being the land of increased economic opportunities and hope, especially after the 1994 elections. Hence, as long as the widespread poverty and high levels of inequality prevail on the continent, South Africa will continue to attract migrants. In this chapter it will be argued that the South African government has two options: continue with the law and order approach and ineffective policing that contributes to high levels of xenophobia. Alternatively, it could adopt a more sensitive human rights approach that takes cognizance of the creative ways in which migrants contribute to the local economy.

Keywords:   South Africa, undocumented migrants, refugees, xenophobia, brain drain

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