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




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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