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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: CGTN Africa.]

Foreign refugees in South Africa now face deportation if they engage in political activities – including around the issues that drove them from their homes in the first place – under rules that came into effect on 1 January.

Other new limitations, in what one legal expert describes as the raising of a paper wall to keep migrants out, lay the groundwork to exclude asylum seekers from working in certain sectors of the economy, and requirements for paternity tests in some circumstances.

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the new regulations on 27 December, two working days before they came into effect. On the same day, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the activation of a 2008 law, the Refugees Amendment Act, which also came into operation on 1 January.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.0% y/y in December 2019 (CPI) & +3.4 y/y in December 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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