Migration News - 1997

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December 1997

Operations had been concentrated in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape,Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

November 1997

A total of 563 South Africans declared they were emigrating in June, 70 percent fewer than in June last year. In June, the number of professionals, semi-professionals and technicians who reported they were emigrating was 96, and the number who immigrated was 50. The number of documented immigrants during June was 417 - 83 % fewer than in June 1996. The immigrants came from Britain (11 percent), India (9 percent), the US (7 percent), Zimbabwe (6 percent), Taiwan (6 percent) and Germany (4 percent). Historical trends in tourism, immigration and emigration show an upward trend in the level of tourism since 1993.

October 1997

"We cannot allow people engaging in such illegal practices to go unchallenged." Growing community initiatives would reduce crime in the province. It would deal more effectively with the perpetrators of such crimes as well as ensuring that the criminal justice was re-engineered to be an effective deterrent against all forms of criminality. "Interaction between government and civil society is critical to ensure that these measures are sustained," said Duarte.

September 1997

Radio Zambia reported that Congolese cargo ships which called at Mpulungu last Wednesday refused to give the refugees passage across the lake without prior arrangements. government spokesman, Albert Kayamba, denied that the Zambian government was under obligation to assist the refugees. A spokeswoman for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Claire Hamlisch, confirmed the situation, but said because the refugees opted to use their own means, the repatriation exercise was outside the UN agency's responsibility except to provide logistics.

August 1997

But a commentary run on state radio Friday night indicated that there were some 4,000 refugees, among them Hutu militiamen from Rwanda, soldiers from the former Zaire, and Angolans from the oil-producing Cabinda enclave.

July 1997

If the five-million or eight-million estimate were correct, it would mean about one-eighth or one-fifth of the people living in South Africa are illegal immigrants and that at least one-third of the estimated 15 million economically active people in the country are 'illegals'. Lehohla said he estimated the number of undocumented migrants in urban areas at a couple of hundred thousands. "Even to put the figure of illegal immigrants at one million would be too big a number." Yet many policy proposals have been hinged on the migration issue. The question being asked is: is policy being made in a context of ignorance?

Bushbuckridge was crippled by wide-spread rioting over the past two months which resulted in the torching of nine schools, three government office complexes, and at least 13 commercial vehicles.

June 1997

The article argues that the wave of immigrant workers seeking fortune in South Africa is the result of a variety of factors: the migrant labour system on which South Africa has long relied to support its mines and other industries; the destabilization of neighbouring countries by the apartheid regime and others. It is not only people from this continent that have moved to the south; migrants from Europe and the far east, many of whom enjoyed preferential treatment in the past, are major players in a number of sectors of our economy.

May 1997

April, 1997

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