Foreign migrants

Day labourers and the role of foreign migrants: for better or for worse?

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Derick Blaauw, Anmar Pretorius, Rinie Schenck on 17 May 2016

Foreign migrants often enter informal employment as day labourers. They compete with South Africans for jobs in this curb-side labour market. Three surveys of day labourers working in Tshwane between 2004 and 2015 reveal two important tendencies. First, the foreign-migrant component has increased from 12% to just over 55% in 11 years. Secondly, the wages and the level of poverty of both foreign and South African day labourers have worsened in the same period.