05 Apr 2017 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) has prioritised the largest portion of its budget on civil registration for the 2017/18 financial year.
An amount of N.dollars 230 378 416 was allocated to the ministrys civil registration programme to ensure, among others, lawful identity management and to make sure Government has the necessary demographic data needed for planning purposes.
Motivating the ministrys N.dollars 619 925 622 allocation of the N.dollars 61.5 billion National Budget in the National Assembly Tuesday, line minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said her ministry would work towards consolidating and sustaining efforts geared to improving service delivery.
During the 2016/17 financial year, the MHAI registered a total of 42 154 babies under the age of one; 5 483 marriages; and 18 343 deaths.
She added that about 919 Namibian refugees were still at the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana, while 903 refugees were cleared to return home in dignity and safety.
The government is resolute in ensuring their restoration of national protection, safe and dignified return and sustained reintegration into their communities, she said.
Namibia hosts about 4 534 asylum seekers and 2 265 refugees, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Iivula-Ithana added that her ministry would continue to manage asylum seekers and refugees by promoting durable solutions like acquiring travel documents for refugees, establishing a reception centre in the Zambezi Region and repatriating Namibian refugees from the Dukwi Refugee Camp.
Other programmes under its budget allocation:
Refugees administration N.dollars 10 182 727
Administration N.dollars 183 751 780
Immigration control and citizenship N.dollars 139 054 135
The ministry recorded a high volume of applications for employment permits for various categories of foreign skills in different socio-economic sectors of the country.
As a result, it issued a total of 4 880 employment permits last year.
An amount of N.dollars 56 558 564 was also allocated to the Directorate of Visas, Permits, Passports and Citizenship under the immigration control and citizenship programme.
Meanwhile, the MHAI generated a revenue of N.dollars 64 138 434 through administration fees of permits, visas, passports and miscellaneous, excluding revenue collected at foreign missions, during the 2016/17 financial year.