South Africa Seeks To Tackle Xenophobia Against Migrants Through Integration - Sisulu
ADDIS ABABA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 10th February, 2019) DDIS ADDIS ABABA (Pakistan Point news / Sputnik - 10th February, 2019) BADDIS ABABA (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 10th February, 2019) BADDIS ABABA (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 10th February, 2019) , February 10 (Sputnik), Sofya Grebenkina - South ADDIS ABABA (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 10th February, 2019) frica will tackle the xenophobic attitude of its citizens toward migrants by promoting integration, Lindiwe Sisulu, the South ADDIS ABABA (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 10th February, 2019) frican minister of international relations and cooperation, told Sputnik on Sunday.
"We've got to work to make sure that we have a way of integrating migrants and also of looking after them, and actually educating them about the communities that they are coming into, because if they don't understand the communities they come together and they stand out. They almost make themselves victim," Sisulu said.
She said the South African government was working on ways to systematize inward migration and help migrants without aggravating xenophobic sentiment.
"The numbers [of migrants] have grown substantially since we gained independence and we are trying to gain a systematic way of how to accommodate them and how to make sure that they are accepted by the community, how to give them the normal privileges of traveling. Our people have become a little xenophobic and therefore pushing away foreigners," Sisulu said.
South Africa is a major destination for migrants from other African countries, mainly Zimbabwe, and is home to over half a million Zimbabweans, according to UN figures. With undocumented migration possibly driving this number even higher, the ruling ANC toughened its rhetoric on migration early this year, working on a bill to create a border management agency and clamp down on undocumented migration.