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Gigaba: 3,700 foreigners left SA after xenophobic attacks

Hundreds opted to be repatriated back to their home countries.

Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said an estimated 3,700 foreigners had voluntarily left the country in the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks.

Immigrants in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng came under attack last month forcing many to take shelter in temporary camps.

Hundreds opted to be repatriated back to their home countries.

Gigaba said he expected many of them would return.

"That's why it was so important for us to take the biometric data and register them."

At the same time, Home Affairs is finalising a green paper on International Migration and preparing to introduce legislation for a Border Management Agency this financial year.

Gigaba expected the proposed agency to come into effect by 2017.