Special Report: Xenophobic Attacks 2017

07 March 2017

This special report, prepared by Dr Alexandra Hiropoulos provides an update on xenophobic incidents across South Africa over the course of 2017. With a focus on events occurring between 24 February and 06 March, this report provides updated information on the sequence of events that took place.

See the Xenowatch special report for February for more detailed information on events in Gauteng between 05 and 24 February this year, when community raids of foreign-owned or occupied residences and businesses led to the victimisation of well over 60 individuals, including foreign nationals and South African citizens.

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An “NGOisation” of the Social Cohesion Policies between Migrants and South Africans? Initial Results of an Ethnographic Investigation of the Cape Town Migrant Cause

A seminar by Leo Fortaillier (University of the Western Cape and the Laboratory of Social Sciences of Politics, Sciences Po Toulouse)

There have been diverse answers from the “civil society” to xenophobic violence since the end of Apartheid. Over the years, more and more “specialised” Non-Governmental Organisations - involved in international “policy networks” (Le Galès, 2004) and using organisation and intervention principles imported from abroad - have emerged. The presentation will question this “NGOisation” (Falquet, 2003) of the migrant cause and its effects. From January to December 2016, the presenter conducted a participant observation in a Capetonian NGO, “implementing partner” of the UNHCR tackling social cohesion issues between South Africans and nonnationals in underprivileged communities. Building on the data collected during this fieldwork, and on the results of a second participant observation started in January 2017 within a similar structure, the presentation will analyse the impact of these NGOs’ intermediary position between different social worlds (funders, South African state, South African and non-national communities, university, social movements, other NGOs, etc.) on the activists’ work and on their individual trajectories.

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Reading and writing the city in relation to the politics of today

A panel discussion hosted by the Wits City Institute in collaboration with African Centre for Migration & Society

The Wits City Institute in collaboration with African Centre for Migration & Society is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion. This event takes place during the visit to Wits University by Professor Ayse Caglar, University of Vienna. Professor Caglar is a graduate of universities in Istanbul, Montréal and Berlin, and has worked in those cities as well as in Budapest. Her work focuses on migration to European cities and comparative exploration of the situation of migrants, particularly women, in such cities.  Her interests include writing the city in relation to its contemporary population changes. The panel will address changing and developing ways of reading and writing the city in relation to contemporary political developments. These include elections of populist governments in many countries, a rise in xenophobia and actions against migration.

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Migrants, city making and the value creation processes in a multiscalar perspective: Space and time in migration scholarship

Ayse Caglar (University of Vienna)

The African Centre for Migration & Society in collaboration with Wits City Institute, invites you to a special public lecture by Wits City Institute Mellon Visiting Scholar, Professor Ayse Caglar (University of Vienna, Department of Culture and Social Anthropology). 

In the context of increased visibility of migratory movements, there has been a renewed interest in migration processes, practices and the challenges migration dynamics pose to the taken for granted “groups of solidarity”, and to scholarship aiming to analyse these processes. However, many of the approaches in migration scholarship including the transnational migration, fail to capture these dynamics in light of a multiscalar perspective. Such and endeavor requires a radical rethinking of the spatial and temporal frameworks of migration scholarship, as well as the unit of analysis.

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Special Report: Gauteng Xenophobic Attacks February 2017

26 February 2017

This special report, prepared by Dr Alexandra Hiropoulos provides a time line of xenophobic events in Gauteng province during February 2017. Information is based predominantly on media reports as well as reports from Xenowatch partners which include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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