WIGO NEWS Forum
The issue of foreign nationals in South Africa has been a contentious one for years. It is no secret that due to rising economic inequalities, South Africa’s economic survival has become heavily reliant on the influx of illegal and legal foreigners. This has been a hefty burden on the country and its resources, leading to the development of a particular feature by WIGO News: Watch Foreigner. Through Watch Foreigner, we cover the ongoing issues with illegal immigration, the rise of human-trafficking, the plight of refugees, and their integration in the South African society. We focus on stories which examine the complex, often unbalanced relationship between foreign nationals and the citizens of South Africa all the while delving deeper into the finer nuances of the matter. The upcoming Watch Foreigner column will cover these stories, shared by a variety of diverse voices from all walks of life, from people affected by foreign nationals, to those striving to help ameliorate the situation. Through WIGO News, we hope to spark meaningful debate about the plight of illegal immigration, the economic impact of foreign nationals, and the morality of immigration policies. Does South Africa bear any responsibility for the influx of foreign nationals? Or does the responsibility lie with their home countries?