Disability, Migration, and Family Support: The Case of Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers in South Africa

  • Willson Tarusarira
  • Judith McKenzie


Migration, and forced migration, is an increasingly prominent feature of life in the Global South. Using the example of Zimbabwean asylum seekers in South Africa who are also mothers of disabled children, we indicate the complexity of issues of citizenship for people whose lives are marked by instability and exclusion. We analyse the sources of support available, or not available, to these women, and we outline the challenges they face in accessing appropriate support. We suggest that any account of disability and citizenship in the Global South must take account of people like our informants, who are marginalised in so many ways.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willson Tarusarira
    • 1
  • Judith McKenzie
    • 2
  1. 1.Rehabilitation StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Division of Disability Studies, Department of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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