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Civic Group Assists Deportees to Recover Benefits

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

FILE: Refugees fleeing anti-immigrant violence are processed by immigration officers at a transit camp in Beit Bridge, ZImbabwe, April 24, 2015.

FILE: Refugees fleeing anti-immigrant violence are processed by immigration officers at a transit camp in Beit Bridge, ZImbabwe, April 24, 2015.

Deportations of undocumented immigrants in South Africa have intensified after the recent xenophobic attacks, which resulted in six deaths of national foreigners.

A South African based civic group, Migrant Workers Association, says it has set-up a program to assist immigrants facing arrest and deportation from South Africa to recover their employment benefits and household property from employers and landlords who may take advantage of their plight.

The group’s national coordinator Butholezwe Nyathi says deportations of undocumented immigrants in South Africa have intensified after the recent xenophobic attacks, which resulted in six deaths of national foreigners.

Termed “Deportation Link” the program seeks to work with the South African government to recover the benefits. The organization establishes contacts points in the immigrant’s country origin, and specific procedures are followed to register for the recovery of the benefits. As a result, workers are encouraged to register for membership with the organization.

Nyathi said his organization is working with the South African government to ensure the program is a success.

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