Border Jumping and Migration Control in Southern Africa

by Francis Musoni

Published by: Indiana University Press

218 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 1 b&w illus

  • Paperback
  • 9780253047151
  • Published: April 2020

$28.00

  • eBook
  • 9780253047168
  • Published: April 2020

$14.99

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253047144
  • Published: April 2020

$85.00

With the end of apartheid rule in South Africa and the ongoing economic crisis in Zimbabwe, the border between these Southern African countries has become one of the busiest inland ports of entry in the world. As border crossers wait for clearance, crime, violence, and illegal entries have become rampant. Francis Musoni observes that border jumping has become a way of life for many of those who live on both sides of the Limpopo River and he explores the reasons for this, including searches for better paying jobs and access to food and clothing at affordable prices. Musoni sets these actions into a framework of illegality. He considers how countries have failed to secure their borders, why passports are denied to travelers, and how border jumping has become a phenomenon with a long history, especially in Africa. Musoni emphasizes cross-border travelers' active participation in the making of this history and how clandestine mobility has presented opportunity and creative possibilities for those who are willing to take the risk.