Tanzanian expatriate workers, many of whom were employed as domestic help, want to travel back to their country, after years in exile, but with some reservations about the health care they will receive and the legal status of the country in which they are living.
Many of them are worried that the country’s legal system will become less favourable in the future, as more foreigners seek to settle in the country.
While the law protects foreigners from arrest and deportation, the number of foreigners who have been charged with offences is growing.
The Tanzanians say they are not in any danger, and they would like to leave Tanzania if they can.
But many of them want to come back home, saying it would mean a better life.
“We don’t want to leave this country.
We want to live here,” said Riaz, an expatriot who was employed as a maid in the capital, Dar es Salaam.
“We want to have a better chance.
We need better education.”
He and his family fled to Tanzania in 2013.
But after they had been living in Dar es Salam for several years, they were arrested and detained in February 2016 for illegally working in Tanzania.
In March, a Tanzanese court ordered the family released, but they were again detained and then released in June.
In the meantime, Riaz and his wife, Shaimaa, were forced to stay at the family home in the city of Makgadon.
They were later ordered to pay back the amount of money they received in Tanzania, which was a third of their monthly salary.
They say they cannot return because they cannot get legal residency or a driver’s licence.
“My daughter is 14 and she wants to go to university, but I can’t afford that,” Riaz said.
“The government doesn’t want me to leave, and my daughter has to stay here with me,” he added.
“I cannot come back because if I leave Tanzania, I will be punished.”
The government says it has taken measures to improve the conditions for expats in the Dar es SALAAM region, and that it has launched a program to help them adjust to life in their new country.
The government has also made it easier for foreigners to apply for citizenship in Tanzania by issuing temporary visas, allowing them to stay in Tanzania indefinitely and allowing them, for the first time, to get married.
Some expats are unhappy about the measures, but say they would still prefer to return home if they could.
“There are many things that have changed since I left Tanzania,” said Shaima, who did not want to give her last name.
“You have to learn English, you have to do a lot of work.
You need to work.
If you want to go back, you must learn English.”
In a statement, the government said it has increased the number and types of permits for expatriating workers, and the number is growing, but that it still has work to do.
“It is important that expats can get a job, work and live in a safe and secure environment,” the statement said.