“A LICENSE TO LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA”: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF SOUTH AFRICAN PARENTS’ NARRATIVES OF THEIR CHILDREN’S REASONS FOR EMIGRATION

Sulette Ferreira, Charlene Carbonatto

Abstract


The number of South Africans citizens emigrating abroad has increased dramatically, resulting in a multitude of parents remaining behind. This qualitative phenomenological study explored and described the reasons for the emigration of adult children of predominantly white South African parents. Multiple motivating factors validated the emigration, namely the South African political climate, violent crime, lack of employment opportunities and high skill mobility. In an attempt to justify the emigration, parents subsequently provided their children with a “license to leave”. Each parent was affected uniquely in this complex psychosocial journey. Social workers can assist in the reconstruction of meaning by guiding the parent through this life-altering decision

Keywords


Emigration, license to leave, South Africa, parents left behind, reasons for emigration, adult child, social work

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15270/56-4-860

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