A country of migrants: Advances in South African economic history

6 September 2013
Event type: Workshop
JEL Code: F22, J2, N3, N37
Event date: 3 December 2013
- 5 December 2013

South Africa is a country of migrants. From the Bantu migration, the arrival of Dutch settlers in the seventeenth century and British settlers in the nineteenth century to the internal movement of black tribes after the Mfecane, the Great Trek of settler farmers, and the inflow of African workers to the mines, South African history is characterised by a constant flux of people from outside and within the country’s borders. This trend continues into the present: legal and illegal migration into South Africa has continued, mostly from war-torn and poverty-stricken regions elsewhere in Africa, settlers in search of a better life.