Seeking asylum: a case of Zimbabwean asylum seekers in Rosettenville, Johannesburg

Sibanda, Sehlaphi
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This research was encouraged by the recent developments in migration patterns in the world. Though immigration is not new to South Africa, with people migrating to the country from as early as the 1600s, there has been a notable increase post – 1994 at the fall of apartheid. The profile of migrants has also changed considerably to include refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants (Landau 2007; Jacobsen 2006). It is the emergence of a new group of immigrants in the form of asylum seekers and their relationship with the state, economy and society which makes for interesting analysis. This thesis argues that the continual framing of migration as a security issue, in relation to crime and unemployment overlooks the positive brain gain for the recipient countries (Mawadza 2007). Framing forced migration in this manner disregards the important question of why people migrate and what service they (can) provide to their countries of asylum and in the process violates their rights.
MA, Dissertation in Development Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, 2011
political asylum, Zimbabwean refugees, Rosettenville, Johannesburg