AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA – Stateless children: An invisible problem in southern Africa

Published: 8/May/2023
Source: Agenzia Fides

Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) – According to the latest UNICEF figures, there are more than 642,000 children living in South Africa as migrants or displaced persons. This number includes refugees, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking or smuggling, and unaccompanied and separated migrant minors.

Among them are numerous stateless minors, who therefore do not enjoy any protection from a state. The issue was recently discussed by the Working Group on Migration and Human Trafficking of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission of the Symposium of the Bishops’ Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Speaking at the conference, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg pointed out that “the ongoing conflicts in African countries are the reason for the presence of so many stateless children”.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Southern Africa
Year: 2023