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Press Review 16 May 2016
The African National Congress Youth League on Tuesday slammed the hospitality industry and accused it of overlooking South African youth when hiring workers. The case between the Department of Home Affairs and immigration lawyers, who are accusing the department of being in contempt of a High Court order, has been postponed to next month. South Africa is home to over 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers, this is according to the UNHCR. In this numbers are children from neighbouring country Zimbabwe who have come to Africa’s most developed nation in hope for a better future. Well-meaning Malawians have launched an organisation to help repatriate those detained for living illegally in South Africa
Press Review 28 April 2016
Foreign students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday. At least two people have been burned to death in Zambia during riots targeting Rwandan-owned shops over allegations that foreigners were behind a string of ritual killings, police said on Wednesday. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Malawi has applauded the government and people of Malawi for opening their doors to Mozambican asylum seekers in need of international protection.
Press Review 18 March 2016
South Africa is a popular destination for migrants from across the world. Estimates of the number of foreigners living in the country vary, but according to the last official census the number was just over two million.The South African Human Rights Commission has asked the UN Human Rights Committee to look into rights violations in the country ranging from xenophobia to gender-based violence. The owners of Hope Farm in Killarney Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, have asked 101 people displaced by xenophobic violence to leave their property. Twenty-three illegal Ethiopian immigrants have been arrested in Zimbabwe on their way to South Africa.
Press Review 29 February
The Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Centre is still closed to new applicants despite a recent court ruling ordering the Department of Home affairs to open the offices by 9 February. The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is finalising its investigation into Kind Goodwill Zwelithini’s alleged xenophobic comments. Malnutrition is stalking Malawi’s only refugee camp, Dzaleka, after rations were curtailed following funding cutbacks by the international donor community. Germany wants North African countries to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers, its interior minister said ahead of a visit from Sunday to the region.
Press Review 11 February 2016
Human Rights Watch South Africa says while the country has strong human rights laws in place, implementation remains "problematic". Home Affairs has announced that Lesotho nationals living in South Africa illegally will no longer be deported. GroundUp recently reported the story of Malawian men who were detained by the police for not having documents showing they were legally in the country. Under what circumstances can the police demand that people show identification proving they are legally in the country? We asked Lawyers for Human Rights. The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is finalising its investigation into Kind Goodwill Zwelithini's alleged xenophobic comments.
Press Review 26 January 2016
Asylum seekers who come to the Port Elizabeth refugee reception office, some of them from far away, say officials are charging them R2000 for late renewals of their permits. For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge. More than 700 African refugees have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. The Norwegian vessel Siem Pilot on Sunday morning arrived in the port of Trapani on the west coast of Sicily, with some 723 migrants who were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean.
Press Review 08 January 2016
Analysis by Caroline Skinner, University of Cape Town. Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, migrant entrepreneurs have been portrayed as driving small local businesses to the wall, taking jobs and engaging in illegal and other nefarious business practices. More than half a million people fleeing violence and human rights abuses, mostly from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have now found protection and safety in Uganda. The European Union on Wednesday announced the start of a $2 billion initiative to curb illegal migration from Africa, an ambitious program that aims to tackle the root causes of a historic flight of Africans to Europe.
Press Review 14 December 2015
Parliament’s Ad hoc Committee set up to probe the root causes of violence against foreign nationals has found socio-economic conditions to be responsible, along with crime and political instability in people’s countries of origin. Pope Francis on Friday hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation. Amid hand-wringing over what role Africa will play to prevent its citizens from getting into flimsy vessels and sailing for Europe, Senegalese President Macky Sall had hard words for the Europeans. Moroccan authorities have recovered the bodies of 11 African migrants whose boat sank apparently due to bad weather as they tried to cross to the Canary Islands, officials said on Wednesday.
Press Review 30 November 2015
An outbreak of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa has highlighted the government’s failure to get to grips with xenophobia, amid worries that there is more violence to come. Foreign nationals trading in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, live in fear following a spike in robberies in recent months. The traders say they are being targeted by criminals who rob them of their goods and then sell the loot to locals at a heavily discounted price. The European Union launched a €1.9bn fund on Thursday to tackle migration from Africa, but struggled to impress recipient countries, which accused Europe of focusing too much on sending Africans back home.
Press Review 03 November 2015
Between the violence against foreign shop-owners in Grahamstown and the scenes of Syrians arriving at Europe’s borders, it is clear that migration continues to be a policy issue that, quite literally, knows no borders. In a world that is increasingly inter-connected and with populations that are progressively more mobile, it is unlikely that migratory flows will decrease.Political stability and the resulting environment of peace and security could contribute to the end of forced migration of millions of Africans and misery, endemic diseases and socio-economic and technological underdevelopment.