South Africa’s asylum system is broken and failing migrants

Mandy Wiener speaks with Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa, about recent xenophobic attacks.

Amnesty International South Africa says the state is failing South Africans and migrants by failing to tackle crime and allowing impunity to persist around xenophobic attacks.

The organization adds that the authorities must step up and confront these xenophobic attacks on vulnerable migrants who have become scapegoats for communities unhappy with levels of crime.

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Mandy Wiener speaks with Amnesty International South Africa’s Executive Director, Shenilla Mohamed, to find out more about the issue.

A 2019 report we published found that the asylum system in South Africa is broken down, resulting in people living in limbo.

Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director – Amnesty International South Africa

People who have genuinely escaped conflict are grouped with economic migrants and are all treated the same, she says.

When you find someone without the right papers, it’s probably because the Home Affairs asylum system isn’t doing what it’s supposed to.

Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director – Amnesty International South Africa

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