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South Africa

A key destination country for migrant labourers from across Africa and Asia, South Africa’s relationship with foreigners has been marked by turmoil in recent years. Simmering xenophobia has repeatedly exploded into violent riots targeting black immigrants and asylum seekers from a number of African countries. Although the country has only one dedicated immigration detention facility, the Lindela detention centre near Johannesburg, officials routinely use police stations and prisons to temporarily hold undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.

South Africa Quick Facts

  • International migrants:
    2399200
    New asylum applications :
    117188