Repatriation or reintegration: Home affairs dept gives refugees in CT options
Minister Motsoaledi said the UNHCR had discussed two issues - resettlement with communities in and around Cape Town and voluntary repatriation back to countries of origin.
CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday said government had resolved to either repatriate refugees or reintegrate them.
He's reiterated that moving them to a third country is not an option.
This comes with news that 41 foreigners have been deported, two years after staging a protest against xenophobia outside the UN Refugee Agency in Cape Town and occupying a church off Greenmarket Square.
Motsoaledi said the UNHCR had discussed two issues - resettlement with communities in and around Cape Town and voluntary repatriation back to countries of origin.
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Of the hundreds being accommodated in tents in Bellville and Wingfield, the minister said 121 had accepted the offer of voluntary repatriation, 390 opted for reintegration.
However, this offer only stands for two weeks.
Forty-one people have already been deported.