African Immigration to South Africa: Francophone Migrants of the 1990s

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Often designated as 'illegal' immigrants, an African person who cannot speak an indigenous language is clearly foreign, a threat and thus a potential target for abuse. Such stereotyping helps create and reinforce a xenophobic climate. The papers in this book explore and attempt to understand the nature of the phenomenon. The disintegration of apartheid in the 1990s was accompanied by the scrapping of the whites-only immigration policy and thousands of Africans from the region and further north moved to South Africa. A feature of this immigration flow has been the number of immigrants and asylum seekers from francophone Africa. Unfortunately this has not been welcomed by a large part of the local population and xenophobia has become an increasingly serious issue.

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Francophone African migrants
Our fellow Africans make our lives hell

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About the author (2001)

ALAN MORRIS's study of inner-city transition in Johannesburg, entitled Bleakness and Light: Inner-City Transition in Hillbrow, was published by the University of the Witwatersrand Press in 1999. In 2001 he was a visiting fellow in the School of Sociology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

ANTOINE BOUILLON was the Director of Research at the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).

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