Migration and Xenophobia Resources
Featured Media
Working together to address xenophobic violence in South Africa

By Jean Pierre Misago, Loren Landau and Silindile Mlilo – Daily Maverick, 26 September 2019

Three academics from the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, where they manage a project called Xenowatch, designed to monitor xenophobic violence in South Africa, have written this open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa. They offer unsolicited advice on how to respond to the ongoing xenophobic and related violence.

In sickness and in health: why the Minister of Home Affairs has a duty of care to tackle endemic anti-foreigner sentiment

By Jo Vearey and Rebecca Walker – Daily Maverick, 26 September 2019

Many of South Africa’s government officials have contracted a dangerous, highly contagious and apparently incurable disease. Symptoms include espousing anti-foreigner sentiments and scapegoating non-nationals for failures of the state, while simultaneously denying that xenophobia exists in the country.

The state of South African labour sector

By John Perlman – Today with John Perlman, Kaya FM, 26 September 2019

John Perlman probed whether foreign nationals have a negative impact on the South African labour sector. He spoke to Jo Vearey, Associate Professor & Director, African Centre for Migration & Society from the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Jo was joined by COSATU spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla.

What’s behind the deadly violence in South Africa?

By Loren B Landau – The New York Times, 16 September 2019

On 16 September Professor Loren Landau published this opinion piece in the New York Times. Landau argues that the xenophobic violence is not irrational violence or a spontaneous popular revolt. Nor is it simply “criminality,” as South Africa’s political leaders repeatedly claim. Rather, it is an act rooted in the failures of South Africa’s transformation.

Media Engagements and Opinion
Featured Publications
Fact sheet on foreign workers in South Africa: Overview based on Statistics South Africa data (2012-2017)

This fact sheet is based on statistics released by Statistics South Africa in its 2017 Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) (Report No. 02-11-02 (2017), and analysis undertaken by the African Centre for Migration & Society. The statistics offered here present a partial picture of both mobility and employment. The limited scope of the migration module in the QLFS, and the five year gap in its administration on the one hand, and the fluidity of migration on the other, means that there is much we do not know about migrant and employment in South Africa. Similarly the informality of employment is not completely captured in this survey.

Reporting on migration in South Africa: A guide for journalists and editors

Sonke Gender Justice and Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (2019). Reporting on Migration in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Editors.  Sonke Gender Justice, Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, African Centre for Migration and Society, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants South Africa, and Lawyers for Human Rights: South Africa.

Reporting on migration in South Africa: A guide for journalists and editors

Xenowatch factsheet 1: Incidents of xenophobic violence in South Africa: January-September 2019

This factsheet provides a numerical summary of xenophobic violence incidents that occurred across South Africa between January 2019 and September 2019. Prepared by: Silindile N. Mlilo

Xenowatch Factsheet: 1 Incidents of Xenophobic Violence in South Africa: January – September 2019

Academic And Policy Publications