ABSTRACT

Zambia’s social and economic structure has long been characterised by migration, with Zambia serving as a place of origin, transit and destination for male, female and child migrants from the nearby nations and beyond. Zambia is quite open to international migrants. The majority of these migrants are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by those from Angola. The well-being of migrants largely depends on the availability of work that would generate a decent income, a clear and secure legal status, access to social services, access to social and health protection and their participation in society. This chapter interrogates the experiences of migrants in Lusaka’s urban context in order to have a deeper contextual understanding of the phenomenon in contemporary times through the prism of inclusive cities as a basis for the integration of migrants. Zambia has organisational and policy frameworks that make it easier for people to move across national boundaries. Those looking to invest or stay in the city have found its favourable political climate and welcoming populace to be a big draw. Nevertheless, despite having favourable institutional and legislative frameworks in place, undocumented immigrants and refugees who are always held in designated refugee camps outside the city do not have freedom of movement in the country.