Researching Migration, Integration and Transnationalism: an appraisal of recent theoretical, methodological and empirical advances from an African perspective
The public is informed that a scientific workshop will be held from 30 August to 01 September 2016 in the Department of Statistics and Population Studies on the campus of the University of the Western Cape. The workshop is generously funded under NRF through its Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration programme (Ref: KIC 150827139967). The workshop aims to provide a scientific platform for critical and innovative examination of the emerging theoretical and methodological issues in the field of migration, forced mobility and transnationalism from an African perspective.
Press Review 11 July 2016
On 24 June, the Cape Town High Court upheld a decision to keep the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) closed. The Scalabrini Centre and Others had challenged the Director General of Home Affairs' decision to keep the office closed after being ordered to re-examine the decision and to do further research. Our most frequent visitors are from neighbours in Africa; our migration policies still favour former colonial powers; thousands try for refugee status here but few get it; and business migrants are increasingly coming from China. The Ministry of Home Affairs has just released the Green Paper on International Migration. Green paper on proposed new policies aims to clamp down on ‘economic migrants’ seeking asylum to live and work in SA Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s long-promised clampdown on “economic migrants” is taking shape.
2016 World Refugee Day held at St Patrick’s Parish in Johannesburg
On June 19, the Johannesburg Archdiocese, in partnership with its Department of Pastoral care for Migrants and Refugees, the Bienvenue Shelter and the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), commemorated World Refugee Day with an event held at the St Patrick`s Catholic Church in La Rochelle.
Press Review 27 June 2016
A "big relief for thousands" says refugee organisation Last week, the Western Cape High Court ordered Home Affairs to extend or renew the permits of refugees living in the Western Cape whose permits were originally obtained in other provinces. Despite our crumbling economy, rampant unemployment, and civil unrest; South Africa hosts more than 1 million asylum-seekers, more than any other country in the world. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was building a new site to reduce overcrowding in the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya, to house refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan. The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history
Press Review 6 June 2016
Most of the world's people would welcome refugees into their countries with open arms‚ but South Africans are somewhat reluctant when compared with the global average.The Home Affairs database system that manages refugee and asylum documentation has been down for almost two weeks across the country. Refugees have described their frustration with poor communication from officials‚ standing in long queues‚ and being blocked from doing anything that South African citizens use an identity document to access. Malawi has come under fire from human rights activists for locking up 119 Ethiopian illegal migrants in its prisons. Human rights activists faulted the southern African nation for its policy of jailing immigrants who were arrested over illegal entry and travelling without documents.
Policy and Legislative Changes with Regard to the Amendments to the Refugee Act, 19 May 2016
The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), in conjunction with the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees in the Archdiocese, the Bienvenu Sheleter, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, and the Justice and Peace Department in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg recently held a roundtable discussion on Policy and legislative changes to the Refugee Act in Johannesburg.