SA’s cost of immigration control doubles

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's Department of Home Affairs says it is battling to contain a tide of Zimbabwean immigrants pouring across the border fleeing their home country because of economic turmoil.
Department officials told the local Press that they had deported 51,000 illegal immigrants from

Zimbabwe between January and June this year but more immigrants continued flooding through the porous border between the region’s economic powerhouse and its troubled northern neighbour.
The department which said it had taken a”financial knock” from the influx of immigrants said it was on average deporting 265 Zimbabweans every day while the cost of detaining illegal immigrants had shot up from R22 per day five years ago to R75 today.
Pretoria spent a total of R218 million on immigration control last year – more than double the amount the department spent in 2004. Last year 97,433 Zimbabweans were deported from South Africa while 72,112 were removed from the country in 2004. – ZimOnline

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