WINDHOEK: Veteran Swapo Party politician Ben Amathila expressed concern over young people in the southern African region, particularly Namibia, who migrate to other countries to “get rich easy”.
Addressing about 30 youth on Tuesday evening during the first Southern African Regional Youth Forum underway here, Amathila encouraged them to use platforms such as this forum to discuss issues like why young people prefer travelling to other countries to “get rich easy”.
He was referring to a recent decision by the Canadian Government to impose strict requirements on Namibians who want to travel to that country.
Namibians intending to travel to Canada will now require a visa to enter that country.
The decision is also applicable to citizens of St Lucia, St Vincent, Botswana and Swaziland.
“They will find themselves getting used and involved in illegal things. It is occasions like this that will help young people to acquire values, to get out of the claws of those that want to use them,” he stressed.
Amathila, a former Information and Broadcasting Minister, noted that there are many opportunities in the southern African region as the region has resources, peace and political stability and can lead the rest of Africa. But, it is a challenge to the young people to exploit all those opportunities.
He, therefore, encouraged young people in the region to work together so that the people they are representing become beneficiaries.
Between January to June 2011, 780 Namibians had left for Canada, while from July to October in the same year, 480 Namibians travelled to that country for various reasons.