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Relocate us from South Africa, We don’t feel safe! Foreigners beg UN



Hundreds of foreign nationals took to the streets of CapeTown, demanding to be relocated from South Africa after camping at the UN refugee agency offices for a week, Agence France Presse reports.

The foreigners, many of whom described themselves as asylum-seekers, say they no longer feel safe in South Africa after a surge of xenophobic attacks last month.

“Save lives of refugees before it is too late,” said one slogan, painted in green on a white banner.

Many of the protesters have been camping at the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cape Town since October 9, vowing not to leave the premises until the agency addressed their concerns.

The numbers had grown steadily over the past week, spilling out from corridors to the kerb outside the building.

Xenophobic violence left at least 62 dead in 2008 , 7 in 2015 and 12 died in the latest spate of attacks this year.The incidents occurred mainly in the Johannesburg area.

The continent’s most industrialized economy is a magnet for migrants searching for better job prospects and asylum seekers looking for safety.

Seen as competing with locals for jobs, they are often the first to come under fire when South Africa’s chronic unemployment and inequality boils into resentment

The protest broke out following a visit by the UNHCR chief.