Employment ratios for foreigners is not populism or xenophobia, says lawyer

The proposed tightening of employment ratios for foreigners working or operating in South Africa should not be seen as populism or xenophobia, argues immigration lawyer Ashraf Essop.

The ANC has called on government to set stricter laws on the employment ratios of citizens and foreign nationals in locally-owned businesses.

Essop explains that several restrictions already exist within specific industries, such as security.

He says that South Africa lacks critical skills and says the development of labour regulation should be ongoing.

Cabinet approved the white paper on international migration in March, which outlines a policy for amending immigration and refugee laws.

Essop maintains that the Labour Relations Act protects the rights of both foreign and local employees.

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