n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - The social protection of non-citizen migrants in South Africa

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



In May 2008, South Africa was shocked by the violent xenophobic attacks on foreigners in informal settlements in and around Johannesburg. These events highlighted the vulnerability of non-citizens and migrant workers. Although the need for increased social security protection for these groups is evident, the question of how to do so remains a challenge because of the socio-economic climate in which unemployment is rising and social security benefits are limited. Where nationals and non-nationals feel that they must compete for scarce resources, it is inevitable that tempers flare and tension erupts.

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