With warnings of an impending influx of 'economic refugees' in SA, the team at Briefly.co.za decided to host a poll to determine how locals felt about it. The results made it clear the illegal immigration is a great source of concern for many South Africans.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that experts are warning South Africa to prepare itself for the impending influx of Zimbabweans entering the country.
With the situation in neighboring Zimbabwe worsening, the chances of immigrants entering the country illegally are at an all-time high.
Briefly.co.za decided to host a poll to determine whether locals thought illegal immigration in the country was a cause for concern and the answer, so far, has been a resounding: yes.
Putting aside the fact that the immigrants in question have broken the law by entering the country, the concern for most readers seems to be the increase in crime.
One reader, Sphelele Makhathini, explained that his concern was the allegedly fake food items sold by foreigners. Naturally, health issues walk hand in hand with the distribution of fake foods sold by people desperate to source income for themselves.
Another reader, Mbheki Mthembu, pointed out that being undocumented presented issues of its own. He feels that immigrants commit crimes and escape unpunished because their identity has not been registered.
Despite the majority's feelings, some people felt that the situation facing the immigrants was a dire one and that they deserved some sympathy and our help.
Alfred Rams feels the fault lies at Home Affairs and that special arrangements should be put into place to process the people entering the country.
In conclusion, the situation is a complex one. On the one hand, South Africa is struggling with economic issues of its own. On the other, fellow Africans are suffering and as a nation we have the potential to assist them.
Hopefully politicians can convene and plan a way forward for struggling countries and aid the people who feel they have no choice but to flee.
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