This paper looks into the nature of the local government engagement with immigrant communities in South African cities. For the purposes of this preliminary research, the focus was on refugee groups (including asylum seekers) as they were the group of immigrants that local government felt they had the most contact with. Many of the findings may however relate to other groups of migrants such as migrant workers or economic refugees.
Ingrid Palmary is a former CSVR senior researcher. Her primary research topics relate to gender, violence and displacement.