Key Points:

  • 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.
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