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17 Jun 2008 description

By: Khalid Koser

An estimated 80,000 migrants have been displaced by the recent wave of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa. While some have returned to their home countries - including Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe - most have been settled temporarily in seven camps, and the South African government aims to reintegrate them in the host communities from which they were forced to flee in the next few months.

An important lesson learned in other displacement situations around the world - whether arising from civil strife, conflict or natural disasters - …