Thursday, March 2, 2017

 Nigerians deported following Gauteng raids, more “will likely follow”

Nigerian officials have confirmed that 97 of their citizens have been deported back to Nigeria, following raids on foreign nationals by South African authorities.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 2016: Immigrants, asylum seekers and other organisations handed over a memorandum to Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba during a protest in Johannesburg on December 19, 2016. Mashaba is facing substantial criticism after xenophobic comments reportedly made by the Mayor. (Photo by Gallo Images/ Daily Sun / Jabu Kumalo)
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The Nigerian government has confirmed that 97 of its citizens have arrived home after South Africa deported them.

“Some of them claimed they were returned for irregular migration offences when the South Africa authority withdrew their voluntary work permits that it had hitherto given to African migrants, and made … work permits more difficult to get,” Abike Dabiri-Erewashe told eNCA.
“They have been arbitrarily raided … More will likely follow,” she said, adding that those individuals deported for drug offenses have been handed over to Nigerian authorities.
Last week saw the culmination of a surge of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa, with violent protests breaking out in Tshwane and Nigerians in their home country retaliating by attacking MTN’s head office there.
Department of home affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete responded to news of the deportation by clarifying that South Africa deports scores of illegal immigrants on a daily basis, and that this is not aimed at Nigerians specifically.
“Deportation is a 90-day process and it happens on an ongoing basis, so I won’t get into a singling out of Nigerians,” he said.

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