The right to rights? Undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe



This article examines the disjuncture between the theory of international refugee

protection, human rights and citizenship rights and their practice. Drawing on data

from a sub-sample of 500 Zimbabwean migrants taken from a larger survey of

1000 Zimbabweans in South Africa and the UK, it explores the labour market and

transnational lives of undocumented migrants and compares them with migrants

with other immigration statuses. The article demonstrates that while the protection

and rights frameworks exist, in reality undocumented migrants cannot access

protection and/or rights




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