Conceptualisation, Construction and Negotiation of Inter-Migrant Support and Care Among Congolese, Burundian and Zimbabweans in Yeoville, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Conceptualisation, Construction and Negotiation of Inter-Migrant Support and Care Among Congolese, Burundian and Zimbabweans in Yeoville, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Author: 
Makanda, Joseph  
Place: 
London
Publisher: 
Adonis & Abbey Publishers
Date published: 
2021
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Journal Title: 
African Renaissance
Source: 
African Renaissance, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2021, pp. 115–137
Abstract: 

South Africa continues to be a prominent forced migrant-receiving country in Africa. Yet, most migration scholars assume that in one way or another, migrants have to be either members or rely on migrants' organisation if their physical, social, moral and financial support needs are to be met. This has made socially and altruistically constructed and structured (informal and voluntary) inter-migrant support and care that is negotiated among different individual migrant(s) irrespective of their country of origin to become a relatively underresearched scenery. The current study utilised a sequential exploratory design to gather and analyse qualitative data in the form of semi-structured interviews from 20 Congolese, 20 Burundians and 20 Zimbabweans. Results reveal that in the absence of government and NGOs support, Congolese, Burundians and Zimbabweans depend on informal and voluntary inter-migrant support and care within the South African polity. This inter-migrant support and care is as a result of social practices, relationships and friendships that allow migrants to lean on one another in time of need and give back when they are able to, without belonging or being members of any formal and organised migrants' or refugees' association. 

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CITATION: Makanda, Joseph  . Conceptualisation, Construction and Negotiation of Inter-Migrant Support and Care Among Congolese, Burundian and Zimbabweans in Yeoville, Johannesburg, South Africa  . London : Adonis & Abbey Publishers , 2021. African Renaissance, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2021, pp. 115–137 - Available at: http://library.au.int/conceptualisation-construction-and-negotiation-inter-migrant-support-and-care-among-congolese