Gigaba: SA can benefit by welcoming migrants

Johannesburg – South Africa should embrace international migration for development of the country, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said.

He reiterated that South Africa was committed to offering sanctuary to refugees.

“This is a matter which for us is not merely an international obligation, but a moral imperative. It is an expression of our foreign policy, which seeks to build a better Africa and a better world,” he said.

“Therefore our commitment to refugees is unwavering, and the challenge before us is to figure out what is the best way to discharge our mandate.”

Gigaba was speaking at a policy dialogue with civil society on the green paper on International Migration in Doornfontein on Friday. The green paper contends that it is neither desirable nor possible to stop international migration.

 International migration is a natural, largely positive phenomenon which, if well managed, can and will make a crucial contribution to growing our economy and transforming Africa as envisioned in Agenda 2063. The paper sets out core principles to inform the nation’s management of international migration.