Netherlands and South Africa join forces on immigration
South Africa wants to learn from the Dutch in order to improve its immigration procedures. The two countries have agreed to exchange information and technical know-how.
The exchange would involve technology for the registration of people entering the country as well as programmes for the education and training of immigration officers. A senior government official in the capital Pretoria said: "We can learn a lot from the Netherlands' extensive experience in this field."
South Africa is no stranger to immigration, but, as one of the continents' rising economies, has only recently begun attracting large numbers of immigrants from neighbouring countries.
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