School of Social and Political Science

Border Jumping and Migration Control in Southern Africa

Category
Seminar
13 April 2022
16:00 - 17:30

Venue

MS Teams (please e-mail African.Studies@ed.ac.uk for the link)

Description

With the end of apartheid rule in South Africa and the ongoing economic crisis in Zimbabwe, the border between these Southern African countries has become one of the busiest inland ports of entry in the world. As border crossers wait for clearance, crime, violence, and illegal entries have become rampant. Francis Musoni observes that border jumping has become a way of life for many of those who live on both sides of the Limpopo River and he explores the reasons for this, including searches for better paying jobs and access to food and clothing at affordable prices. Musoni sets these actions into a framework of illegality. He considers how countries have failed to secure their borders, why passports are denied to travelers, and how border jumping has become a phenomenon with a long history, especially in Africa. Musoni emphasizes cross-border travelers' active participation in the making of this history and how clandestine mobility has presented opportunity and creative possibilities for those who are willing to take the risk.

Dr. Francis Musoni is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky

Key speakers

  • Dr. Francis Musoni, University of Kentucky

Price

Free