Changing Geographies of Immigration to South Africa

  • Sally Ann Peberdy
Part of the World Regional Geography Book Series book series (WRGBS)


This chapter explores South Africa’s changing geographies of migration since 1994. It starts by contextualising contemporary patterns of migration using a brief exploration of South Africa’s migration history. This is followed by an explanation of the legislative framework governing migration, immigration and asylum seeking since 1994, identifying how it may have affected migration patterns. The chapter then provides an overview of migrants, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, including their origins, age and sex profiles, and changing patterns of migration before locating their roles in the economy of the country.


Demography Immigration Migration Refugees SADC region South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sally Ann Peberdy
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  1. 1.Gauteng City-Region ObservatoryJohannesburgSouth Africa

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