The analysis underpinning the conclusion that South Africa has rejected more applications for refugee status than any other country comes from an analysis of UN High Commissioner for Refugees data conducted by Code4SA’s Data Journalism Academy
<span lang="EN" style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Lato;color:#4F4F4F;mso-ansi-language:EN; mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">Migration analyst Roni Amit says government does not distinguish between the varying status of immigrants, but rather conflates economic migrants with those escaping political situations.
We've seen a merging of the immigration and the asylum regime... They get treated as economic migrants even though aren't necessarily.— Roni Amit, senior researcher at Wits' African Centre for Migration
<span lang="EN" style="font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Lato;color:#4F4F4F;mso-ansi-language:EN; mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">Though South Africa has a much broader definition of refugees, Amit has questioned the government's supposed 96% rejection rate and says research suggest that the figure is closer to 50%.
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