Hotel Canada: The white South Africans who have sought asylum

Canada accepts few refugee claims by South African citizens. In 2017 none were accepted. In 2016 there were 12. In 2015 there were 18, in 2014 there were 2, none in 2013, and there were 2 in 2012.

Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, made headlines this week when he suggested that white South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence, calling for the country to fast-track visa applications.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation would go on to slam the idea as “sad” and “regrettable”.

Looking past the uproar, the concept of white South Africans seeking refuge from racial “brutality” and “genocide” post-1994 is nothing new.