Packing for Perth: the growth of a southern African diaspora

Louw, Eric and Mersham, Gary (2001) Packing for Perth: the growth of a southern African diaspora. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 10 2: 303-333.

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Author Louw, Eric
Mersham, Gary
Title Packing for Perth: the growth of a southern African diaspora
Journal name Asian and Pacific Migration Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0117-1968
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 303
End page 333
Total pages 31
Place of publication Manila, Philippines
Publisher Scalabrini Migration Center
Language eng
Subject 370502 Migration
Abstract Southern African decolonization, the civil war and the post-apartheid turmoil are creating a Southern African diaspora across the Anglo world. Australia has become so popular a destination within this diaspora that Southern Africans now refer to emigration in general as 'packing for Perth'. Thus far, little work has been done on this migratory phenomenon. This article seeks to develop an overview of the birth and developments of this diaspora, with a focus on the growth of the Southern African Australian community. As an overwiew, the article provides insights on how this emergent diaspora relates to earlier migrations, the factors behind post-apartheid migration, the patterns and characteristics of post-apartheid migration and the significance of Australia as a destination for Southern Africans.
Keyword Australia - immigration
South Africa - emigration
Post-apartheid emigration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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