Dlamini Zuma begins work on new migration policy

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pretoria - Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will today begin work on developing a new migration policy for South Africa.

The minister is expected to begin consultations on the proposals for a new policy with trade union federation COSATU in Johannesburg.

"The meeting with COSATU Central Executive Committee takes place against the background of the approval granted by Cabinet for the minister to develop a new migration policy," said a statement issued by the department.

The new policy will address the critical need to allow government to distinguish between and to separate economic migrants from asylum-seekers, which until now has created logjams in processing such applications by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Dlamini Zuma will be consulting various stakeholders in the country with a view to arriving at a consensus about the basic tenets of such a new migration policy.

Once the process of consultation is completed, the minister will present the proposals to both Cabinet and Parliament for approval and implementation.