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    Non-Afrikaner/Boer and Non-English South Africans of Germanic/European Ancestry

    Do they form a class of their own? South Africans of predominant Germanic heritage that is not Afrikaner/Boer, or English, such as Germans or Scandinavians?
    What about other European meta-ethnicities like Mediterraneans or Slavs? How do they reconcile with the wider South African identity? Are they viewd as foreigners?


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    There are a lot of Germans, particularly in Cape Town. They fit in well with both English or Afrikaans speaking sides even though they preserve their own traditions and form their own communities.

    Since the 1980's / 1990's a number of Eastern Europeans started making it across. (Mostly Poles, ex-Yugoslavs and even some Russians). I suppose they are viewed as "foreign" to an extent but they fit in readily enough and adapt ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBatty View Post
    Since the 1980's / 1990's a number of Eastern Europeans started making it across. (Mostly Poles, ex-Yugoslavs and even some Russians). I suppose they are viewed as "foreign" to an extent but they fit in readily enough and adapt ok.
    This is something I still know way too little about. The identity and movement of these modern-day Eastern European immigrants doesn't seem to be documented online at all. Have you been in contact with some of them while still in SA? Primarily where in SA did they settle? If they live and work in my area of the country, they're hiding themselves pretty well, or they've integrated extremely quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormraaf View Post
    This is something I still know way too little about. The identity and movement of these modern-day Eastern European immigrants doesn't seem to be documented online at all. Have you been in contact with some of them while still in SA? Primarily where in SA did they settle? If they live and work in my area of the country, they're hiding themselves pretty well, or they've integrated extremely quickly.
    I doubt it's documented or studied at all, especially today with the Omabongos running things.

    Some examples of people I knew / came across:

    When I was in Highschool (late 80's to early 90's) one of my friends / co-students was a Polish girl whose parents came out in the 80's while Poland was still part of the Warsaw Pact.

    Around the time I was finishing school (early 90's) I remember some musicians on the local party circuit were ex-Yugoslavs. Studying in the mid-90's in CT I met some Croatian (ex-Yugo) brothers and their family.

    In Gardens walking their dogs etc there was at least 1 x Hungarian. I remember this because my parents had a Hungarian dog (vizsla) and they were joking with this guy that he and the dog should be able to understand one another

    A girl in my school had a very Hungarian name / surname. Think her mom must have moved to SA, possibly before she was born.

    Couple of years ago I ran into some Ukrainian girls in CT. Not sure if they're still around. I know of at least 1 x Russian guy on a smallholding in Durbanville doing smallscale farming. He already knows a bit of Afrikaans from dealing with the labourers. (Cape Coloureds etc).

    Another ex-Yugoslav guy I know (Croatian) is out in Natal working in tourism / safaris etc. The family moved to SA during / after the Balkan Wars because they wanted to get as far away as possible from the madness there.

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