Thursday, May 17, 2007

Foreign Migrants in the Inner City of Durban

In the chapter, Foreign Migrants in the Inner City of Durban, Binium Misgun explores migrant workers from abroad and their experiences of Durban, focusing on their participation as informal street traders and in other businesses. He draws on his recently completed Masters dissertation, one of the few ethnographic studies of foreign migrant workers participating in the country's informal economy. He provides rich accounts of their lives, identities, relations with significant others, local street traders and the police. He argues that migrant workers experience xenophobia and other problems. In response, they develop strong senses of identity and community with migrant workers from the same countries.

Misgun, Biniam. 'Foreign Migrants in the Inner City of Durban', in Rob Pattman and Sultan Khan (Eds.), Undressing Durban (Durban: Madiba Press, 2007), pp. 92-100.