An investigation of the vulnerability of Young Zimbabwean female immigrants in Johannesburg, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Raselekoane, N. R.
dc.contributor.advisor Mudau, T. J.
dc.contributor.advisor Mapaya, M. G.
dc.contributor.author Chinyakata, Rachel
dc.date 2019
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-08T06:01:16Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-08T06:01:16Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-20
dc.identifier.citation Chinyakata, Rachel (2019) An investigation of the vulnerability of Young Zimbabwean female immigrants in Johannesburg, South Africa, University of Venda, South Africa.<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1427>.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1427
dc.description PhDGS en_US
dc.description Institute of Gender and Youth Studies
dc.description.abstract The existence of humans has always been associated with movement, owing, among other reasons, conflicts, to disasters and search for more habitable areas and better living conditions. Historically, migration of women has not been given much attention by scholars; international migration literature has always been dominated by data on male migration. However, almost half of the immigrants coming into South Africa are women. Young female immigrants are considered more vulnerable than their male counterparts. Through a qualitative approach, this study aimed at investigating the vulnerability of young Zimbabwean female immigrants in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and its industrial and commercial heartland, in order to develop a comprehensive strategy to minimise their vulnerability. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions were used for data collection, and Atlas.ti qualitative analysis software was used to analyse the data. The population of the study was young female immigrants between the ages of 18 and 35 years residing in Johannesburg, and experts in the field of migration. Purposive and snowball sampling were used to select the participants. The findings of this study highlighted that the young Zimbabwean female immigrants are vulnerable to abuse, discrimination, xenophobia, poor health, and social and economic problems. The abuse, discrimination and xenophobia were perpetrated by their partners, the society, colleagues in the workplace, employers, and the authorities who are supposed to protect and provide services for these immigrants. These problems were a result of the intersecting factors that cause the young women’s vulnerability. These include nationality, gender, legality, language barriers, type of work, poverty (and the desperation it generates), and competition over job opportunities. The study indicated that these female immigrants do not look for the law’s protection because they are afraid of being deported, and they are afraid of the police, who are reluctant to protect them, and often further abuse them. The study recommends the adoption of the Multistakeholder Comprehensive Migration Strategy which was developed in this study to minimise the young women’s vulnerability. This strategy promotes the collaboration of different parties at all levels – individual, community, civil society, regional and national – in achieving this all-important purpose. All these stakeholders should collaborate in initiatives to promote and protect the rights of these young women, and ensure gender equality in migration. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 294 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Abuse en_US
dc.subject Challenges en_US
dc.subject Exploitation en_US
dc.subject Immigrants en_US
dc.subject Vulnerability en_US
dc.subject Strategy en_US
dc.subject Young female en_US
dc.subject.ddc 305.9069120844096891
dc.subject.lcsh Immigrants -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Immigrants -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Aliens -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Aliens -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- South Africa
dc.title An investigation of the vulnerability of Young Zimbabwean female immigrants in Johannesburg, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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