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Title:Language experiences of transnational migrants in the Southern African context
Author:Mutasa, Davie
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Geographic term:South Africa
social problems
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2013.868026
Abstract:Owing to economic exigencies, civil wars, political instability and natural disasters, many people are forced to abandon their homes, brave 'fear of the unknown' and seek refuge in other countries with or without guarantee for their safety, employment opportunities and refugee status. Often economically dominant countries, which normally are viewed as greener pastures, do attract refugees from starving nations. For most of the migrants language poses a further challenge if their home language is not spoken in the host country - which is a normal phenomenon. This seemingly has repercussions on migrants' employment prospects, as well as their access to information and health services. It is surmised that linguistic challenges may make a person a target of immigration officers' insults, police brutality and illegal deportations. Hence, this article explores the language experiences of transnational migrants and suggests strategies to deal with these linguistic challenges and promote the harmonious co-existence of migrants and citizens of their host nations. The article focuses on migrants from Africa and Asia, in particular Zimbabwe, in South Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]