South Africa ‘not in a position to accommodate’ Afghanistan refugees, says Dirco.. Dirco says South Africa has received a request to accommodate the refugees in the country until they reach their final destinations.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says South Africa is unable to receive Afghan refugees who had have fled the Taliban.
Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela on Wednesday said the South African government noted the overtures made to the country to consider receiving a number of Afghanistan refugees who have sought refuge in Pakistan.
He said the request was for the government to accommodate the refugees in South Africa until they reach their final destinations.
“The South African government is unfortunately not in a position to accommodate such a request.
“South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs. Most of them already benefit from the social assistance and free medical health programmes offered by our country,” Monyela said in a statement.
Dirco said in terms of international law, the wellbeing of the refugees is best served by remaining in the first country arrival, Pakistan, pending their final destinations.