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South Africa Violence Should Not Overshadow Migration Debate

A man hold a placard prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa,  in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown  Johannesburg as South Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A man hold a placard prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown Johannesburg as South Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(BBC) – The wave of xenophobic attacks seems to have died down for now but the issue of immigration remains controversial.

South Africans have turned out in their thousands to rally against the violence and the attacks have been condemned at all levels.

But there is a growing of number people who want the spotlight to be on concerns about immigration and the pressure it puts on some groups here.

Some say these concerns should be taken seriously, rather than dismissed as mindless thuggery.

And South Africa is not the only country where migration has become a sensitive issue.

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