The Migration Project was co-funded by the European Union and implemented by DDP and KAS.


The objective of The Migration Project is to contribute towards improved community interrelationships and reduced conflict in KwaZulu-Natal through socio-economic cooperation between African migrants and their local host communities.

This is achievable through various interventions, such as:

  • Strengthening the capabilities of civil society organisations (working on racial discrimination, racism, xenophobia and similar intolerances) for lessening xenophobic tendencies among African migrants, South Africans and duty-bearers in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Fostering improved long-term cooperation and business skills transfer between African migrants and the local communities they have settled in.
  • Inviting the cooperation of duty-bearers in KwaZulu-Natal upon whom the responsibilities of social cohesion and socio-economic development lie.
  • Various research initiatives to provide the necessary accurate data needed to develop long-term strategies to deal with issues of xenophobia.
  • Training of local media to report sensitively and responsibly on matters of xenophobic violence and African migrants in South Africa.

This three-year-long project focuses on areas in the Durban and greater Durban area that are considered hotspots for xenophobic violence, namely:

  • KwaMakhutha
  • KwaMashu
  • Isipingo
  • Umlazi
  • Sydenham