Minister of Home Affairs
Malusi Gigaba said the engagements the department has had over the past few
months on international migration policy have been fruitful.
Minister Gigaba was speaking
at the start of the Immigration Policy Colloquium in Pretoria today.
While addressing stakeholders
Minister Gigaba said immigrants can contribute even more to the country under
an improved and better managed policy framework.
Minister Gigaba said often
public in our country focuses on the negative impact of international
immigration in our society.
Minister Gigaba added that in
the form of a brain drain the pressure of immigrants on social services or in
poor areas, the impact of economic immigrants on the job situation the country
and even the impact of cross boarder crimes as well as those who commit those crimes,
often neglect the positive social and economic impact that both our expatriates
as well as immigrants make in our society.
Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said
the new policy will advocate the whole of government and society approach to
managing international migration.
He added that international
migration should not be managed by the Department of Home Affairs alone.
Minister Gigaba said after the
colloquium we will digest the contributions you will have made through papers
and the discussions over the next two days, and then begin to deliberate on
policy issues which we will subsequently take through the cabinet process.
Minister Gigaba added that we will then come
back with a draft green paper which you will test with yourselves and many
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