Press Review 27 July 2016
The Green Paper has been presented as relatively benign by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. He speaks about “efficient, secure and humane approaches”, but the Refugee Amendment Bill also suggests that our policies, rather than becoming more progressive, are going to be more draconian.Sudan witnesses a new influx of South Sudanese refugees who have fled the clashes in Juba over the past weekend, in addition to the continuous arrivals of South Sudanese, mainly in East Darfur. As of 3 July, 79,571 people from South Sudan had arrived in Sudan since 1 January 2016, of whom 53,273 in East Darfur state, the United Nations' humanitarian office (OCHA) reported last week. Silencing guns and creating a peaceful continent has been identified as a short-term solution to addressing migration crisis on the African continent. However, the African Union commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, also underscores that people flee Africa to Europe (among other destinations) to pursue economic opportunities, hence closing economic loopholes will in the long-run address the migration issue.