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South Africa government deports 150 Malawian nationals

350 more await deportation

Rejoice Shumba

The South African Government has deported 150 Malawians who were living in that country without proper documentation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Rejoice Shumba, confirmed the development, saying the deportees landed in the country Wednesday.

Shumba said 350 more Malawians are expected to arrive in the country from Lindela Holding Facility in the Rainbow Nation.

“This is an ongoing process undertaken by the Republic of South Africa mostly done when numbers are increasing at Lindela Holding Facility and we should expect 350 more deportees to come soon,” she said.

Malawians, mostly between the ages of 18 to 40, flock to South Africa in search of job opportunities due to high unemployment in Malawi.

Most of these economic migrants come from Mangochi and Mzimba districts, and some travel without valid documents to secure employment in South Africa.

In September this year, the Malawi Government repatriated over 75 Malawians who were displaced after falling victim to xenophobic attacks by South Africa nationals who blamed foreigners for taking up jobs meant for locals as well as selling illegal substance such as drugs.

Similar attacks occurred in 2014 and it had to take the intervention of the government to ferry home Malawians who were living in South Africa.

Within a month, some of those who were repatriated started returning to South Africa.

Social-economic commentator, Emily Mkamanga, said scarcity of job opportunities in the country pushes young Malawians to seek economic opportunities in South Africa where they usually work in shops and other non-professional jobs.

“It is hard to find even simple jobs in Malawi, so many people leave the country and go to search for greener pastures in other countries. This is a sad development and something needs to be done,” she said.

Are centre port by the International Labour Organisation dubbed Global Employment Trends for Youth, indicates that job creation for the world’s youths remains an uphill struggle as two out of five economically active youths in most countries, including Malawi, are unemployed.

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