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Police evict asylum-seekers exterior UN refugee workplace in S.Africa

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South African police on Friday dismantled an encampment of about 100 asylum seekers that had been arrange for greater than three years exterior the workplaces of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pretoria, AFP reporters famous.

The migrants had arrange makeshift tents in entrance of the UNHCR to ask to be relocated to different nations following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in 2019.

The Pretoria Metropolis Council had final week been given the inexperienced mild by a courtroom to relocate them.

Underneath the courtroom ruling, the refugees needs to be taken to the Lindela Repatriation Centre, a brief detention centre for undocumented migrants who’re to be deported to their house nations.

Dozens of cops, supported by immigration officers, dismantled the camp.

Utilizing a megaphone, prosecutor Kobus Meijer warned the migrants that they might be “arrested” and “detained” in the event that they resisted the operation.

Some households complied, others resisted.

“It is higher for me if I die right here” as a result of “I am not going to Lindela,” shouted one refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UNHCR spokeswoman Laura Padoan advised AFP that “they’re asking to be taken to a refugee camp overseas however that’s exterior our mandate.

UNHCR has requested the South African authorities to conduct the dismantling operation “peacefully and in a manner that the households are handled humanely, with dignity and respect,” Padoan added.

South Africa has a number of the most progressive asylum insurance policies on this planet, permitting foreigners to use for refugee standing and work.

However human rights teams say the appliance system just isn’t working correctly and is piling up delays, holding many asylum seekers ready for years.

South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised financial system, attracts financial migrants – a state of affairs that has fuelled resentment amongst unemployed South Africans and sporadic outbreaks of xenophobic violence.