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Over 1 500 illegal immigrants deported

by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia deported a total of 1 595 illegal immigrants from the country during 2017 and 2018, Home Affairs minister Frans Kapofi revealed in parliament last week.

The ministry has also approved 28 617 visas; 358 permanent residence permits; 6 682 study permits and 7 706 employment permits during the same period.

“The directorate of immigration and border control recorded a high volume of applicants especially for employment permits for various categories of foreign skills required by socio-economic sectors of our country such as engineers, architects, health professionals and academia to mention a few,” he stated 

Kapofi added a total of 6 661 applicants were granted citizenship certificates.

Namibia also currently hosts a total number of 7 684 refugees of which the majority are lodged at the Osire refugee camp. 

“It is worth indicating that the number of asylum seekers and refugees is continuing to increase and the majority of the refugee’s population are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The majority of asylum seekers enter Namibia through the Zambezi region and the ministry has established a reception center in Katima Mulilo to serve as a first point for asylum seekers,” Kapofi stated. 

He added that in 2012 the government approved the local integration of 2 400 former Angolan refugees into the Namibian society and as a result a total number of 170 households of this group have been issued permanent residents permits. 

Kapofi has said, “Passports of the remaining 360 households are still to be received from the Angolan Embassy in Windhoek for the ministry to endorse the permanent residence permits in their passports.”