Closing the Door: South Africa’s Draconian Immigration Reforms

Closing the Door: South Africa’s Draconian Immigration Reforms
Zimbabweans queue in the rain outside immigration offices in Johannesburg as they wait to apply to become legal immigrants, Dec. 15, 2010 (AP photo by Denis Farrell).

Critics of democratic South Africa have long argued that the country maintains a Janus face toward the rest of the African continent. On one level it sees its future as inextricably bound up with that of the continent and it considers the promotion of stability, prosperity and conflict resolution in Africa as central pillars of its foreign policy. Yet on another level South Africa is viewed by its critics in Africa as a state that draws upon the language of interdependence and cooperation while ruthlessly pursuing its own narrow interests, often with scant regard for African sensitivities. This ongoing debate […]

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