South Africa declines to host Afghan refugees

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South Africa said it was already taking care of other refugees

South Africa has said it is unable to take in refugees from Afghanistan despite a request.

“South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs,” the Department of International Relations said in a statement.

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It said it had been requested to accommodate refugees who were in Pakistan enroute to their final destination countries.

But it said it was not in a position to accept as “the refugees will be best served by remaining in Pakistan, their first country of arrival”.

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Some other countries including Rwanda and Uganda have already accepted to host Afghan refugees as they await to be resettled in other countries.

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Source: BBC

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