Cape Verdean government plans new Foreigners Law

19 November 2012

The Cape Verdean government is preparing a proposal for a new Foreigners Law to better clarify the legal framework for foreigners to live on the archipelago, the deputy health minister, Cristina Fontes Lima said in Praia Friday.

Announcing the government’s plans to host the 1st International Conference and 1st Fair on Migration, on 23 and 24 November, respectively, in the Cape Verdean capital, the deputy minister said that the government did not want foreigners, especially those from West Africa, to remain in the country illegally and without social security, and not be counted in education and health, for example, for statistical purposes.

“We have to sort this matter out. We are establishing the rules, preparing a proposal for a new Foreigners Law and working with ECOWAS to ensure free circulation and making it possible to manage flow based on national interests,” said Cristina Lima cited by Pan-African news agency Panapress.

Although there is a lack of reliable official statistics on the free circulation of people within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), of which Cape Verde is one of the 15 member states, and on illegal immigration, estimates point to around 3 percent of the archipelago’s population – 15,000 of its 500,000 inhabitants – being foreigners. (macauhub)