Towards a demographic profile of the street homeless in South Africa

SOURCE: Development Southern Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): P.Kok, C.Cross, N.Roux
KEYWORDS: DEMOGRAPHICS, HOMELESS CHILDREN, HOMELESS PEOPLE, MIGRANTS, STREET CHILDREN, UNEMPLOYMENT
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6257

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Abstract

This paper provides a demographic analysis of the Human Sciences Research Council homelessness survey, and starts to develop a profile of the adult and child street homeless populations in the northern part of South Africa. Attempting to sketch the population dynamics of homelessness, the paper reviews research methodology, looks at the age, gender and employment status of the respondents, and identifies the foreign-born and citizen population elements. The data suggest that cross-border migrants represent a significant share of the street homeless, and particularly of street children. In addition, it appears that the child and adult populations are largely separate, with older street children leaving the streets to be replaced by in-migrating rural-born homeless adults.