South Africa, much like the United States of America, is considered by its neighbors and a good portion of the African continent as the land of opportunity. Immigrants leave their homelands and pour into South Africa for the prospects of a better life for them and for their families. These immigrants come from all over the continent from countries like Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Nigeria, just to name a few. In the novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow, African immigrants are viewed as criminals and are seen to bring very little value to society. These foreigners just bring their drugs and their diseases, especially AIDS. We have heard these very same sentiments many times before in our own country. The people of South and Central America and Mexicans in particular are viewed as a scourge to American society. Here is where some really interesting parallels can be made about xenophobia in both countries. The novel uses and discusses the derogatory term Makwerekwere which means foreign immigrants from Africa. But, interestingly enough South Africa was built on forced African migrant labor to supply the mines and farms of a burgeoning nation. Yesterday, as I talked to my Uber driver, who was from the Congo, the novel gained even more resonance as he told me about his harrowing journey to reach South Africa over ten years ago. He traveled through several countries just to reach South Africa but most of his companions did not reach their final destination. Just like this driver, most African immigrants, from shop owners to white collar professionals, have made tremendous sacrifices to try to improve their life circumstances. The driver noted that life is not easy in South Africa but he is more than willing to struggle to have a better life.