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Cape Town — A bilateral meeting between Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has given new focus to the management of refugees and asylum seekers in the country. The session discussed strengthening of the asylum and refugee system in South Africa, including but not limited to legislative reform, social assistance, judicial engagement and the Global Compact on Refugees.

Motsoaledi said on the session: “This bilateral was instructed by our Cabinet to, amongst others, overhaul the management of the asylum system in South Africa with the intention to partner with UNHCR to provide increased technical assistance and resource mobilization support in order to enhance the protection regime and strengthen our strategic partnership.” Motsaledi added that the Government is reviewing the Refugee Act, the Citizenship Act and the Immigration Act to align them and simplify them for everyone.