Source: Eyewitness News (Johannesburg)
According to the report, which included more than 300 foreign national children, 40% of children have no evidence of their nationality.
CAPE TOWN – Close to 40% of foreign children entering South Africa are at risk of statelessness and have no documents at all.
This is according to a report published by the Scalabrini Centre and the International Organisation for Migration on foreign children migrating to South Africa. They surveyed every known case at children’s homes in the Western Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng over the past few years.
Statelessness means they are not considered as nationals by any state under that country’s law.
Scalabrini’s Lotte Manicom said the children faced a high risk of statelessness. At least 70% of children had spent at least five years in South Africa and came from 15 different African countries including Zimbabwe, the DRC and Burundi.