Roundtable discussion on the Green Paper on International Migration

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Our director, Sergio Carciotto (in the centre above), kicked off the proceedings by relating of his recent trip to the Migration Experts’ Meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya between 26 and 29 July 2016. The objective of the Nairobi consultations was to provide a forum for migration experts and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to discuss the Draft of the Protocol for the Free Movement of  People in Africa in line with the Agenda 2063 and the plan to issue an African passport by 2018.

Presentation: New directions to old destinations: unpacking recent trends and policy developments on cross border labour migration to South Africa

Dr Zaheera Jinnah: Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society(ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, started off her presentation by giving an overview of the new immigration laws and their implications. She unpacked the underlying principles of the Green Paper. In doing so she put emphasis on the fact that, whichever way it was viewed, there was a co-existent tension between  state security and development in as far as migration policy in SA is concerned.

Presentation: The Green Paper on International Migration: what consequences for refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa

To close off a fruitful morning of discussion and sharing of insights, Mr. David Cote: Head of the Strategic Litigation Unit at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), gave his organization`s perspective on the Green Paper. He, like his two fellow speakers, punched holes into the Green Paper, citing the following:

  1. There is an exaggerated emphasis on abuse of the asylum system
  2. The extraordinary rate of asylum seekers’ application rejected by DHA, at 97%
  3. The continued closure of the Refugee Reception Offices nationally
  4. The continued technicality faults at the RROs
  5. The 0% grant rate of asylum seeker applications at Musina RRO
  6. Under the proposed laws, migrants and asylum seekers` right to work will be done away with
  7. Provisions to detain asylum seekers
  8. The requirement for student visa and residence permit applications to be accompanied by an amount of R 1 350 per application, an amount seemingly too steep for unemployed migrants and asylum seekers
  9. He continued to give overview on the paper`s implications for the region by outlining the following:
  10. An ineffectual border migration system between SADC member states
  11. Poor co-ordination of border posts
  12. Unreadiness of DHA in fulfilling its role of leading agency for implementation

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