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Immigration is one of the seven focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission in order to effectively fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of human rights in South Africa.

The constitutionally guaranteed right to equality and the equal protection and benefit of the law apply with equal force to foreign nationals within South Africa.

The xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in 2008, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 56 people, the displacement of scores ofcforeign nationals; and the outbreak of further xenophobic attacks in 2015, exposed the continued vulnerability of foreign-nationals, particularly from other African countries in South Africa.  These incidences of xenophobic violence and the increasing unfair discrimination against foreign-nationals have necessitated that the Commission maintain its focus on immigration issues and the rights of foreign nationals.

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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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