Community engagement as a strategy to facilitate the immigrant-local cohesion

Tshimangadzo Selina Mudau*

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The hostility directed towards immigrants has been studied and reported through various forms of media and literature. Similarly, mitigating factors have been explored to establish and restore peace and immigrant-local cohesion. The chapter explored different community engagement strategies implemented to enhance immigrant-local cohesion. The chapter is anchored on Ubuntu philosophy. The philosophy has been integrated with the evolution of immigration and different policies and guidelines to promote and protect immigrants' lives globally. Data have been analyzed through critical discourse analysis. Critical discourse analyses assisted in deconstructing hegemonic social practices such as social practices, language, texts, and constructs as social-cohesion facilitators. Conclusions are that social constructs can create and perpetuate acceptance, integration, and formation of networks to enhance positive relationships between migrants and locals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImpact of Immigration and Xenophobia on Development in Africa
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781799871019
ISBN (Print)1799870995, 9781799870999
Publication statusPublished - 25 Dec 2020


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