Cape Town – Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has highlighted the challenge of not being able to determine the number of undocumented migrants in the country.
Motsoaledi briefed the media on Sunday on the White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugee Protection.
He spoke about the lack of a mechanism to track illegal migrants in the country and suggested that the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) could help address this issue.
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“South Africa today is a great place to live in, even though some South Africans don’t believe this. No one can account for all the undocumented migrants. The Department of Home Affairs has no idea as to how many illegal migrants are in South Africa here,” he said.
He clarified that the goal was not to prevent people from entering the country but to ensure they did so legally.
“All we are doing is, people must come into the country legally. Our problem here is illegality. The Border Management Authority Act must be reviewed so that we align it with Immigration, Citizenship Act as a new policy framework, because they were all passed differently at different times, without referral to each other.”
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu