A diplomat has called on Malawi government to engage the youth in economic activities in order to discourage them from leaving the country.
Malawian ambassador to Zimbabwe Annie Kumwenda made the call this week at the 65th anniversary of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in Harare, Zimbabwe.
She said the majority of the immigrants are youths, children under the age of 18, and women who want to visit their husbands in South Africa.
Kumwenda added that government and all stakeholders have to come on board to avert the suffering of young people caused by migration.
“We have to take stock and check how much space we have given the youth in economic growth because when you look at the migration statistics, almost hundred percent are the youths,” she said.
She also acknowledged the use of Zimbabwe as a transit country to South Africa by people from Malawi.
“Weekly you may find that there are about 50 Malawians who accessed the country either by boarder jumping, smuggling or and human trafficking,” Kumwenda said.
She however expressed worry over the number of Malawians stuck in Zimbabwean prisons. Kumwenda disclosed that there are 145 illegal Malawian immigrants in Zimbabwe that need to be repatriated to Malawi.
Zimbabwe is both a destination and a transit country for nationals from countries such as Zambia, Ethiopia, and Malawi who either stay or work without the authorisation.
IOM’s mandate is to ensure migration is done in a dignified, orderly, and safe way for the benefit of host country, country of origin and the migrant.