Johannesburg, 31 December, 2021 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The plight of refugees and migrants as far as documentation is concerned can be addressed by the creation of an office that specifically deals with this vulnerable group in each Catholic Parish, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has proposed.
In a Wednesday, November 24 interview with Radio Veritas shared with ACI Africa, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale faulted government officials and politicians who he said sideline refugees for being undocumented.
“I wish that our groups should have, in every parish, a place and office where migrants will be able to go and apply to be registered and recognized in the country so that people stop accusing them of being undocumented,” Archbishop Tlhagale said in the interview.
The Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese added, “My response to political leaders who say migrants are undocumented: let’s say yes they are; they came here without documents, otherwise you cannot be a refugee if you have your passport.”
Archbishop Tlhagale further said that the refugees and migrants should be considered as human beings, adding that people who are tagged as refugees do not have documents and so it is the responsibility of outreach groups for migrants and refugees to ensure that they get the documents as quickly as possible.