Johannesburg, South Africa: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns

The Johannesburg case report looks at Malawian migrants in one of South Africa’s largest cities. It explores the ways value transfer and financial obligations back home both obstruct integration to their new neighborhood and maintain integration with their old villages. It also describes the ways the costly and risky route from Malawi to South Africa obstructs integration once migrants arrive in Johannesburg.

The author is from Mangochi, Malawi and has lived in Johannesburg for several years.