Event date:
29 August 2016
9:00 - 16:40
Chalsty Centre, University of the Witwatersrand

A day panel discussions regarding the new Green Paper on International Migration which was introduced by the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 June 2016 will take place at the Chalsty Centre, University of the Witwatersrand. The panel will include:

Opening Session: 9:00am to 9:30am

A discussion by Sharon Ekambaram, programme coordinator of LHR’s Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, setting the scene regarding asylum protection in South Africa. 

Panel 1: 9:30am to 11:00am

Migration Policy in South Africa and the Green Paper


Sihle Mthiyane (DHA) – The Green Paper and DHA’s Approach to Migration Management

Sharon Ekambaram (LHR) – Vulnerable Groups and Migration under the Paper

Panel 2: 11:30am to 1:00pm

Refugee Protection under the Green Paper – A specific look at asylum

ACMS (speaker TBC)– Integration and Exclusions under the Green Paper

Prash Hansraj (LHR) – Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Arrival

Charlotte Ridung (UNHCR) – International Best Practices in Hosting Asylum Seekers

Lunch Event: Signing the People’s Coalition against Xenophobia Pledge

Panel 3: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Regional Approaches to Migration Management

Dr Cristiano d’Orsi (CHR) – Regional Mechanisms for Migration

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh (SALC) – SADC Free Movement Mechanisms

Popo Mfubu (UCT) – Bilateral Migration Mechanisms and Lesson Learnt

Panel 4: 3:30pm to 4:40pm

Civil Society Submission to the Green Paper

Manson Gwanyanya (LRC) – LRC / LHR Submission to the Green Paper

Maurice Smithers (PCAX) – Advocacy around Green Paper and Refugee Amendment Bill

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