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5 xenophobic myths about immigrants in South Africa debunked by researchers

By Anthony Kaziboni, Head of Research, Institute for the Future of Knowledge (IFK), University of Johannesburg
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In South Africa, immigrants are often scapegoated as the root of socio-economic problems. In the post-apartheid landscape, Black African immigrants, mainly, from other African countries have been negatively stereotyped as “illegal” and “job stealers” who are “criminal” as well as “diseased”.

This attitudinal orientation of hostility against non-nationals in a given population is xenophobia.


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