Botswana warns of more asylum-seekers


An increasing number of Zimbabweans crossing into neighbouring Botswana have been seeking political asylum, according to Botswana Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, D. N. Seretse.

For some time, we have been receiving illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, seeking economic opportunities, who have been crossing at un-gazetted entry points into Botswana. But until recently, few have been seeking asylum, he said.

But, since the elections, we have received a number of people actively seeking political asylum and international protection, and [who have] alleged that they fear for their lives.

He said his country had procedures to determine whether people were legitimate asylum-seekers, and asked people to continue to report any illegal entry into the country.

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