What is the White Paper on International Migration?
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- Our general stance on the White Paper
- Changes towards migrants from Africa
- Permanent residency and citizenship
- The South African asylum system
- Funding the Asylum Processing Centres
- Changes to refugee status and permanent residency
- Other provisions of the White Paper
- Children and the White Paper
Other provisions of the White Paper
The White Paper also includes provisions, to which our submissions did not reply. This included better managing ties with South African expatriates, and improved integration systems for international migrants in South Africa (such as legal advice desks).
For highly skilled migrants from other continents than Africa, the White Paper sets out a points-based system. Skilled migrants will be considered in terms of their skills, investments and qualifications. This will be tied to a critical skills list. Migrants with critical skills will be able to apply for a long-term family residence visa, and international students will be able to access residency after graduation. Where skilled migrants are granted residency, schemes must be deployed to transfer skills to local South Africans, such as through understudy programmes.