IOM Director General William Lacy Swing Expresses Concern about Anti-Migrant Violence in South Africa

Switzerland - During the past two weeks I have noted with deep concern the escalation in hostilities towards migrants in South Africa.

As the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is synonymous with diversity, inclusivity and multiplicity and the current anti-migrant violence is an anathema to the true spirit of Ubuntu (or humanity towards others) for which African cultures and societies are well known and rightly lauded.

As South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba rightfully pointed out, “South Africa remains the most diverse country on the continent and is by many measures, a beacon of tolerance and human rights.”

Migrants across the world and especially in South Africa have made valuable contributions across all spheres of life and have added value to their new communities and adopted countries. 

IOM remains committed to working towards a prosperous and diverse South Africa that can serve as an example not only in Africa but throughout the world.

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