Does South Africa Hate Immigrants?

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In March and April of 2015, violent anti-immigrant riots erupted throughout South Africa, killing at least seven people. So, why are South Africans killing foreigners?

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Regionalizing xenophobia? Citizen attitudes to immigration and refugee policy in Southern Africa http://www.queensu.ca/samp/sampresources/samppublications/policyseries/Acrobat30.pdf
“The negative attitudes of South Africans towards non-citizens, migrants and refugees have been documented in several recent studies.”

Population Movements in and to South Africa
http://www.cormsa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/fmsp-fact-sheet-migration-in-sa-june-2010doc.pdf
“This fact sheet is a quick reference guide regarding South Africa’s migration management policies and a selection of key challenges facing the country with regard to population movement.”

What’s behind xenophobic attacks in South Africa?
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/18/africa/south-africa-xenophobia-explainer/
“Shops looted and set ablaze. Terrified foreigners hiding in police stations and stadiums.”

Targeting police: Xenophobia among Johannesburg’s police
http://www.issafrica.org/uploads/CQ15MASUKU.PDF
“Several media and research studies have reported on police abuse and ill-treatment of undocumented foreigners in South Africa, concluding that xenophobia is a major problem in the SAPS.”

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