Forum warns that tighter immigration laws will harm struggling economy

Forum warns that tighter immigration laws will harm struggling economy

The Forum of Immigration Practitioners of South Africa has warned the plans to clamp down on immigration laws could hurt the economy. Instead, the group has called for the laws in this regard to be relaxed

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FIPSA has warned that tightening laws concerning passage into South Africa for foreign nationals could hinder an already battling economy.

This follows a visit to the Kwaphuza border by Deputy Home Affairs Minister Njabulo Nzuza. The visit to the KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambican border was to check on the progress of a community crossing point.

The organisation insists that the way South Africa is handling the immigration crisis has the potential to damage investor confidence.

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Gerson Mosiane, chairperson of the group, commented on the situation facing an economy that was already battling unemployment:

“The issues of migration is one of the things that can stimulate our economy. Investors are not going to come in if they see what has happened in Johannesburg." reported earlier that heavy-handed police raids had been carried out in the Joburg CBD, resulting in hundreds of foreigners arrested over documentation.

Mosiane feels that if laws are relaxed, fewer immigrants will be forced to resort to criminal activity to gain employment, reports EWN.

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