This is a huge topic today in
Because of the high number of refugees, many South Africans fear the competition. This fuels xenophobia. Refugees make up a large portion of the informal sector and many people employ them over black South Africans (80% of the population) because the refugees are cheaper. This happens in construction industries as well as domestic worker industries, agriculture, and tourism. In Xhosa (one of the 9 official Black South African languages out of 11 official languages) they have a word for Black non-South African African. And this is part of the xenophobia. It’s not a positive or encouraging word, though it’s not vulgar either.
The problem is that many immigrants and/or refugees live in poor conditions and many are discriminated against. Simultaneously
I’m thankful that we have people (especially students) who are willing to fight for refugee rights and mutual respect and against refugee discrimination.