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Bye the beloved country? South Africans in the UK 1994-2009

Bye the beloved country? South Africans in the UK 1994-2009


Robert Crawford





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182pp softcover


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About the book

South Africans have long been present in the United Kingdom. However, since 1994, their numbers in the British Isles, and in particular London, have grown exponentially. By 2009 some had even predicted that over a million South Africans now called the UK home. While this number is an exaggeration, it is clear that this group comprises the largest portion of the South African diaspora.

Variously labelled chicken runners, exiles and emigrants, these South Africans have regularly attracted attention in the South African media, yet there have been no serious studies of them and their story.

This book addresses that gap. It asks who these South Africans are, why they are in the UK, and what they have been doing there. The answers to these questions not only provide a unique insight into the short history of South Africa’s unofficial tenth province, but also what it reveals about the ‘Rainbow Nation’. These insights further
help to answer the question of whether or not these South Africans will return to South Africa...

About the author

Robert Crawford lectures in Public Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney. Previously, he was the Monash South Africa Research Fellow at King’s College London. His publications include Australians in Britain: The Twentieth Century Experience (2009), But Wait There’s More…: A History of Australian Advertising (2008), and Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives (2010). He is currently working on a history of public relations in Australia.


Figures vi
Tables viii
Acknowledgements ix
Introduction: The Magical Million 1
Chapter 1: The Flight of the Chicken Runners 12
Chapter 2: Seeking Greener Pastures 31
Chapter 3: The Other End of the Brain Drain 48
Chapter 4: Creating a Community 73
Chapter 5: Forging a New Identity 91
Chapter 6: To Return or Not to Return? 115
Coda: An Ending or a New Beginning? 129
Endnotes 133
References 160
Index 179