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By Professor Claudine Attias-Donfut, Joanne Cook, Dr Jaco Hoffman, Louise Waite

This publication explores migration studies of African households throughout generations in Britain, France and South Africa. international methods of African migration are investigated, and the lived stories of African migrants are explored in parts comparable to citizenship, belonging, intergenerational transmission, paintings and social mobility.

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Dobbs, Green and Zealey, 2006, p. 112–150). Education and qualification levels of black Africans in Britain are relatively high. Owen (2008) and Castles and Miller (2009) argue that the profile of African migrants to Europe and the UK is that of highly educated persons. The 2001 Census showed there was a large proportion of African students (24 per cent) at that time – the second largest group of ethnic minority students after the Chinese. Salt (2009, p. 34) describes how the total number of persons granted settlement, irrespective of their country of origin, by the UK Home Office, including employment related settlement grants as well as family formation and reunion grants for family members, such as husbands, wives, grandparents, parents and children have risen in the past decade 30 African Migration in its National and Global Context in the United Kingdom.

They claimed to be local residents and then secured recruitment at Native Labour Recruiting Corporation camps in the northern Transvaal and southern Bechuanaland. Yet other migrants found employment with white South African farmers, in the coalmines and other industries. Africans from the above-named countries were already involved in clandestine migration to the farms, secondary industries and, especially, mines of South Africa by the 1920s. Even those who crossed the Zambezi into Southern Rhodesia intended eventually to enter the Union of South Africa, as it was called then.

According to the last census (2004–7), sub-Saharan Africans in France are employed mostly as non-qualified workers, particularly service personnel. The number employed as manual workers is slightly lower than the national average, and the number employed as shopkeepers and business owners is well below the national average. The number of sub-Saharan Africans in France working in higher, intellectual professions is slightly below average, and the number working in intermediate professions about average compared with the rest of the population.

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