Creating cities inclusive of immigrants in Southern Africa is both a balancing act and a protracted process that requires positive attitudes informed by accommodative institutional frameworks.

This book revolves around two key contemporary issues that cities around the globe are trying to achieve – viz. the need to build inclusive cities and the need to accommodate immigrants. The search for building inclusive cities is an on-going challenge which most cities are grappling with. This challenge is complicated by the need to include immigrants who are always side-lined by policies of host countries. This book discusses the host–immigrant interface by providing a detailed insight of anchors of inclusive cities and a holistic picture of who immigrants are. These are then discussed contextually within the Southern African region, where insight into selected cities is provided to some depth using empirical evidence.

The discussion on inclusive cities and immigrants is a universal narrative targeting practitioners and students in town and regional planning, urban studies, urban politics, migration and international relations. The Southern African region once more provides an opportunity to further interrogate and understand the dynamics of immigration in selected cities. This book will also be of interest to policy makers dealing with challenges of inclusivity in the light of immigrants.

chapter 1|19 pages

Setting the Agenda for Inclusive Cities

chapter 2|21 pages

Research Methodology

chapter 3|9 pages

Immigrants and the City

A Conceptual Framework

chapter 5|16 pages

Unpacking Migrant Laws in Gaborone

‘The Gem of Africa’

chapter 6|18 pages


A Retreat into Lilongwe the ‘City Centre’

chapter 7|16 pages


The Lush Capital of Mozambique

chapter 8|22 pages


Beyond the Splendour of Johannesburg through the Eyes of Migrants

chapter 9|17 pages


A Retreat into Zambia

chapter 10|19 pages

In the Shadows of the Sunshine City of Zimbabwe


chapter 11|21 pages

Inclusion of Foreign Migrants in South African Cities

An Aside

chapter 13|11 pages

The Epilogue