AFRICAN immigrants are here to stay and South Africa needs better ways to deal with legal and illegal people entering the country says Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba.
Gigaba, pictured, opened a three-day workshop of 15 Southern African Development Community (SADC) members yesterday aimed at exploring ways of managing migration to enhance development in the region. The workshop in Cape Town is hosted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Southern African Migration Project (SAMP). It features policy makers and government officials.
Gigaba called on SADC countries to improve border control strategies and play their part in ensuring that migration was manageable. He highlighted the SADC Free Movement Protocol, the bilateral visa waiver agreements as ways to encourage legal border crossings.
He however emphasised human rights in dealing with legal and illegal immigrants.
Wits-based Kenyan academic Professor Gilbert Khadiagala said: "South Africa cannot and should not fight the inflow of immigrants but should rather formulate better policies and surveillance strategies."
Experts from the World Bank, African Union, IOM, SAMP, and the African Diaspora Policy Centre will also address delegates.