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Repatriating foreign nationals not best option, says SAHRC

23 December 2019

Refugees living at the Methodist church in Cape Town have been given a reprieve by the Cape Town Magistrates Court from a removal threat this week.
CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said repatriating foreign nationals was not the best option.
Refugees living at the Methodist church in Cape Town have been given a reprieve by the Cape Town Magistrates Court from a removal threat this week.

The commission's Chris Nissen said after meeting with the United Nations, it was decided that there should be resettlement, repatriation or reintegration.
However, Nissen said refugees cannot be taken back to their countries of origin.
“The second option is repatriation and that’s going back to their homes. But you can’t take them back to a place where their lives were at threat.”
Hundreds of foreign nationals have been camping at the UN Refugee Agency offices, asking to be moved to other countries to escape xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Source: EWN

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