- South African families have been denied refugee status in Australia
- The Australian government does not believe that the white South Africans classify as refugees
- In 2018 the Australian home affairs minister suggested that white South African farmers should be considered for the refugee programme
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There has been a marked increase in the number of South African families who applied for refugee status in South Africa, citing that their lives are at risk. Australia has denied the families' applications.
Briefly.co.za learned that the families received letters informing them that their application was not successful, the reason for the denial reads as follows:
“The risk of murder and serious physical/sexual assaults is one faced by the population of the country in general and not by the applicants personally.”
IOL.co.za reported that the Australian home affairs webpage offers advice to those who seek refugee status. The website says that a person needs to have a solid reason that they fear for their lives based on their race, religion, nationality and political opinion.
In 2018, the Australian Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton had suggested that white South African farmers should be considered under the country's humanitarian programme. He claimed that the farmers were being persecuted.
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80 000 South Africans have been granted work or study visas since 2018. South Africa is one of Australia main sources of permanent migrants.
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AfriForum has been arguing that farm attacks are a serious problem but requesting refugee status in another country is not a solution.
“We are looking to deal with it here, in South Africa,” said chief executive Kallie Kriel.
“If you are going to ask for that kind of visa, you would have to prove that some kind of genocide is happening. That is why, from the outset, we have never used the term genocide. What we are saying is that disproportionate numbers of farmers are being killed. Just like there are a disproportionate number of people being killed in gang violence in the Western Cape.”
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