People fleeing from oppression and poverty – Deported

South Africa: Deportation of Zimbabweans to begin again on 1 January 2011, ending its 17-month moratorium.
“After the 31st of December [2010] all undocumented Zimbabweans will be treated like all others and their deportation will resume,” said a statement issued after the Cabinet met.

In April 2009 the government placed a moratorium on deportations, introduced a 90-day visa on demand for passport holders, and was on the cusp of issuing Zimbabweans with a special permit allowing them to work and reside in South Africa for between 6 months and 3 years.

The Forced Migration Studies Programme (FMSP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (FMSP) estimates that between 1 million and 1.5 million Zimbabweans are living in South Africa.

Loren Landau, director of FMSP, says that deportation “does not stop people wanting to come across [the border from neighbouring Zimbabwe]. Look at the US-Mexico border, where billions of dollars have been spent; it has not stopped people crossing…”

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