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Cape Town Refugees Face Eviction

Refugees living in Cape Town spent the night at the Central Methodist Mission Church after clashes with police during their removal from the UNHCR's offices on 30 October 2019. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN.

Days are numbered for protesting refugees in Cape Town who are refusing reintegration or repatriation.

Authorities have told Parliament the offer can’t be an open-ended one and will end this Saturday.

Two tented sites, where some 1,600 refugees have been living for more than a year, will be broken down and the people evicted.

More than 300 people have been voluntarily repatriated and 23 deported.

Home Affairs says not all refugees are being honest about their demands.

The UN Refugee Agency says camps create a false beacon of hope and must be dismantled.

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