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African Population Studies
Union for African Population Studies
ISSN: 0850-5780
Vol. 21, No. 2, 2006, pp. 23-44
Bioline Code: ep06010
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Population Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2006, pp. 23-44

 en Reflections on Illegal Immigration in Botswana and South Africa
Campbell, Eugene K.


Illegal labour immigration is increasingly a source of concern to politicians and the public in relatively rich countries within the Southern African Development Corporation (SADC). This paper examines the status of illegal immigration in Botswana and South Africa. The definition of illegal immigration is discussed. It draws extensively from similar experiences in the United States of America and other Sub-Saharan African countries. The major hosts of illegal immigration are South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Primary sources are Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Huge economic disparities between Southern African states are largely responsible for illegal movements in the region. Apprehension and deportation of illegal immigrants are actively pursued in Botswana and South Africa. An effective method of border control in the past was the erection of electrified fence along parts of the South African borders. Some immigration policies are noted and proposals are made for implementation of measures that would assist in controlling illegal immigration in southern Africa.

illegal immigration, immigration policy, unemployment, border control, social networks, international cooperation

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