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DE BEER, E.J.. A theological-ethical judgement of illegal immigration. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.3-4, pp.655-678. ISSN 2305-0853.

The immigration of people is a growing global phenomenon. People immigrate to South Africa mainly foreconomic purposes. Not all immigrants are, however, legally in the country. It is not certain how many illegal immigrants are in the country. The South African government does not have a clear, effective policy on how to solve the problem of illegal immigration. In this article the influence of illegal immigration on the South African labour sphere is analysed. The aim of the article is to give guidance from the Bible to role players on how their disposition should be concerning the problem of illegal immigrant workers. In the article the extent and causes of illegal immigration are investigated. This is followed by probing into the effects of illegal immigration on the South African labour sphere and the action taken by the authorities to solve the problem. The influence of illegal immigration on labour in South Africa is judged according to biblical principals. In the assessment guidance is given as to what the disposition of different role players should be concerning the set problem.

Keywords : illegal immigration; labour; migration.

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