Some of the migrants who sought help at the newly established Migrants Help Desk in Johannesburg were highly qualified people, the city said on World Refugee Day yesterday.
Some had BSc degrees in mathematics, statistics and geology. They also included teachers and nurses and people qualified to work in aviation, engineering and the information technology sectors, said municipal spokesman Virgil James.
"These people particularly needed help with study and work permits as well as changing from refugee to asylum status," he said.
Altogether 119 migrants sought help from the desk in April and May, 78percent of them from Zimbabwe.
The other 22percent were from Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania and the DRC.
"These statistics not only confirm long-held views on migration into the country, but also stress the need for the city to have a desk where such people can come for help," said Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, a member of the city's mayoral committee for community development. - Sapa