Home Affairs to finalise asylum seeker process

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs will be finalising the review of its Asylum Seeker Management Process which seeks to address challenges related to the management of asylum seekers holistically.

Responding to Parliamentary Question in the National Assembly, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said although there was a longstanding first country of asylum principle in international law by which countries are expected to take refugees fleeing from persecution in a neighbouring state, South Africa has not been strictly applying this principle.

Dlamini Zuma said the overhaul of the country's Asylum Seeker Management Process will result in revised standard operating procedures which will outline the processes of the implementation of a holistic process. 

The department is in the process of consultations and discussions with stakeholders to finalise the process, she said.