Botswana continues to experience an increasing number of economic refugees from neighboring countries who enter through ungazetted points of entry in their quest to look for job opportunities.
Unemployment in neighbouring ┬ácountries┬á has been indicated as one of the contributors towards the increasing number o f illegal immigrants in the recent four months where more than twelve thousand illegally immigrants were ┬árepatriated back to their countries.
┬áDepartment of Immigration, Director Mabuse Pule says that they have repatriated more than twelve thousand illegal immigrants ┬áback to their native countries in January and April this year. ┬áPule┬á stated that most of the illegal immigrants were economic refugees who entered the country looking for employment opportunities .
Pule emphasised that Botswana ┬ácontinues to lose money towards repatriating illegal immigrants.
According to Pule the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs┬á sent more than twelve thousand illegal immigrants mostly from Zimbabwe at a cost close to P300 000.
He said that┬áthe increasing illegal immigrants were giving the government sleepless nights.
He however indicated that they are still devising plans to address the issue of illegal immigrants.┬á He said that┬áone hundred minors under the age of eighteen years were┬áamong the twelve thousand illegal immigrants repatriated.
He also stated that some of the illegal immigrants were declared prohibited immigrants. He said that 112 were declared illegal immigrants after serving their sentences┬áin prisons meanwhile others were declared prohibited immigrants by the Office of President.
He said that those who were declared prohibited immigrants through the OP office were from different countries such as China, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South African, Uganda and Namibia.