- There is a substantial immigrant presence in South Africa because of the attractions the nation offers in terms of economic opportunity, service provision and social welfare to inhabitants of poorer neighbouring countries.
- Concerns about migration and immigration must seek a balance between humanitarian considerations and international obligations, the need to control borders, citizenship and social integration and the skills required by the economy.
- However, the country lacks the necessary information to enable it to achieve such a balance. To day, this is one of the largest and most sophisticated studies on immigration to South Africa.
- It examines how these issues intersect with the challenges inherent in public policy.
- This report presents the key findings of a CDE research survey of cross-border immigrants living in Johannesburg, undertaken in 2006 and analysed in 2007.