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Soft Targets: Xenophobia, Public Violence and Changing Attitudes to Migrants in South Africa after May 2008

"The post-apartheid history of antipathy towards migrants and refugees is pronounced and well documented. A study by SAMP in 2006 of citizens’ attitudes to migrants reached the gloomy conclusion that South Africa continued to be a society in which x…

Past trends and future prospects for labour migration to South Africa

"Foreign migrants to South Africa have always been part of the labour force in South Africa. The income of these migrants is of considerable importance to their governments and families. This paper will look at the trends in migration and try to est…

Linking South Africa’s Immigration Policy and Zimbabwe Diplomacy

"The political and economic crisis that has riddled Zimbabwe for over a decade has created two serious challenges for South Africa’s (SA) government. The first challenge is external: SA’s quiet diplomacy approach towards Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF h…

Kenya's Crackdown on the South Sudanese

South Sudanese in Kenya were shocked when the Kenyan police started storming their residences, arresting and detaining many of them in police center in Nairobi, Nakuru, Lodwar, Eldoret, and Nyeri, among others. This came following a strongly worded …

Trends in Attitudes toward Foreigners in South Africa, 1997 - 2011

"This preliminary examination of attitudes toward foreigners confirms that most South Africans do not trust people from outside the country. The fact that more than one in five citizens would like the government to deport all foreigners, irrespectiv…

Harnessing Migration for Inclusive Growth and Development in Southern Africa

The primary goal of this study is to present the results of a comprehensive scope of key opportunities and challenges for harnessing migration for inclusive growth and development at the regional level in Southern Africa. The first two sections of t…

Report: Working Group 3: Innovative and Inclusive Public and Private Strategies to Help Vulnerable Groups

This report is focused on providing recommendations applicable to the problems of the most vulnerable groups of citizens directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To highlight the challenges faced by those groups and point out action-oriented recom…

Guidelines for Clinical Work with Migrant African Families Affected by the Complex and Continuous Trauma

This document represented an attempt to highlight the ways in which CSVR clinicians have worked with migrant African families affected by complex and continuous traumas. This included an overview of CSVR’s overall process in working with families. A…

Where are they? Searching for Missing Persons and Meeting their Families needs

People go missing in Africa during armed conflicts, other situations of violence, disasters and in the context of migration. In addition to missing persons themselves, their families bear the brunt of the trauma. Through coordinated action, governme…

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