Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thousands of refugees are struggling to get work

By Anele Siwa
25 July 2007

According to a daily newspaper, thousands of refugees are at risk of being arrested after being refused for asylum-seeker permits.

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a non-profit law clinic, is struggling to keep up with requests for help from refugees who have been turned away by the department.

Daily newspare quoted LRC paralegal Ncumisa Hans as saying the office has been filled to capacity since January, when the department began turning the asylum-seekers away.

“They come in their hundreds in the morning and this is what we are dealing with daily," says Hans.

Asylum-seekers have 14 days in which to get a Section 22 temporary permit that allows them to apply for jobs, get residence and medical treatment.

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