Refugee project

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This project seeks to deepen understanding on the rights and welfare of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and undocumented Migrants. The project was developed out of the situation in poor communities, including informal settlements, where an attitude of zero tolerance has targeted non nationals from countries such as: the DRC, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Somalia, Angola, Sudan and other countries of the region. In May 2008, the xenophobic attacks escalated in the country leaving many non nationals murdered, injured, their property destroyed and businesses looted. The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights adopted a resolution on the situation of migrants in South Africa. This resolution condemned the violence on non nationals and called the government of South Africa to protect the rights of non nationals by prosecution of all perpetrators of these acts of violence and also to protect the belongings of non nationals. The government has since been confronted with the issue of non nationals and has sought the assistance of NGOs in addressing the plight of asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants, especially unaccompanied minors found in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces.

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