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Title:Illegal migration to South Africa
Author:Carim, XavierISNI
Periodical:Africa Insight
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:The author reflects on the issue of illegal migration to South Africa. The end of apartheid, South Africa's reentry into the world community, and its relatively developed economy and infrastructure have all made it a natural magnet for those fleeing famine, drought, persecution and human rights abuse. Existing methods of immigration control, registration and deportation are hopelessly deficient. The government has adopted a get-tough approach: to support the police in their efforts to curb the influx of illegal immigrants, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has stationed troops along the country's borders and coastline. However, when people face famine, no fence, army or government policy will keep them from seeking even marginally better conditions. Undoubtly, illegal migration poses severe challenges to South Africa. But comparative evidence from other regions suggests that tackling the problem effectively requires broader and longer-term strategies than those currently on offer in the country. Ref.