n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - Ubuntu, the Constitution and the rights of non-citizens

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



A recent report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates that nearly one billion people worldwide are migrants. Of these, 214 million are international migrants. South Africa, the leading economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and known for its political stability, attracts a larger proportion of foreign migrants than the global average. Currently, the UNDP estimates that there are nearly 1.5 million foreign migrants in our country. Although there are increasing numbers of people in search of asylum, the majority of foreign migrants are looking for employment. Most foreign migrants entering South Africa are from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, in particular Mozambique, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. The economic instability in neighbouring Zimbabwe has led to an increase of in the number of migrants from this country in recent years.

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