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First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage? Exploring the Narratives and Experiences of South African Partners of Nigerian Male Immigrants in South Africa’.

Conflict and Concord
Isike, C and Isike, EM. (Eds)
Singapore. Palgrave Macmillan


Xenophobic policies and violence have marred South Africa’s experience with immigrants. While most scholarly research has focused on the political, security, and economic aspects of immigrant and host relationships in South Africa, this chapter explores personal and socio-cultural experiences. This chapter answers the main research question: what are the experiences of concord and conflict between Nigerian male immigrants and their South African partners? It achieves this by exploring the narratives of South African partners of these immigrants, focusing on members of the United Nigerian Wives in South Africa (UNWISA). This chapter also examines their experiences of Xenophobia. Advancing the perspectives of these women is important in shedding light on the positive experiences and challenges with integration and assimilation. Using semi-structured key informant interviews and focus group discussions with members of UNWISA and drawing from the concept of integration and the theory of assimilation, this chapter concludes with recommendations on how integration can be better achieved.

Dorcas Ettang & Oluwaseun Tella

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