Migration News - May 1998

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May 1998

According to a 1996 Human Sciences Research Council study, between 2,5 and 4,1 million illegal immigrants were living in South Africa. "The matter remains of concern, and the co-operation of all institutions and the public is necessary to manage this situation, which is of national importance." To address this, his department had introduced stricter measures against people who harboured and employed "illegal aliens", Buthelezi said. Buthelezi said applications for political asylum had increased from 900 to 1500 a month. "The number of abusive claims is still high; tighter and faster procedures are being considered to deal with this concern," he said. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Lindiwe Sisulu-Guma said South Africans had to be educated about "our obligation towards refugees". "We will be initiating debate and educational programmes intended to sensitize South Africans about refugee problems, about why we have refugees, about what our role as host is, about racism and xenophobia. The department was also hoping to interact with the department of education to try and influence them towards a programme of adult education on the ills of racism and xenophobia, she said.

Updated August 21, 1998