Press Review 01 September 2017

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Being a refugee and a lesbian is difficult, says Somali woman 28 August 2017

Many gay and lesbian refugees fleeing persecution in other African countries seek asylum in South Africa, says 27-year-old Somali refugee Shamsa Ally Haji. But their path is not easy. “Being a refugee and a lesbian is difficult,” she says.

Lesotho’s Mothetjoa Metsing Seeks Political Asylum in SA 1 September 2017

Former Lesotho deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing says he’s seeking political asylum in South Africa. He fled Lesotho this week fearing for his life after repeated death threats that started after the inauguration of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. Metsing says the withdrawal of the security detail he merits as a former deputy prime minister led him to seek an audience with Thabane.

Myths and Misinformation Obstruct Path to a Better Migration Environment 31 August 2017

South Africa is in the process of a major overhaul of its migration and refugee protection systems. In the case of migration for work, there are some grounds for optimism in the recognition that South Africa is integrated into, and benefits from, a regional SADC economy. The White Paper on International Migration contains proposals for a streamlined skills-based immigration policy and a system of work and trading permits for SADC citizens. However, whether these quota-based permits will pass muster in a crippling xenophobic environment remains to be seen.

South Africa: Can Imprisoned Asylum Seekers Be Deported? 18 August 2017

Abdulkadir Mohammed Faghi, a Somali refugee who was convicted in September 2011 for car theft, fraud and forgery, has been threatened with deportation, though a lawyer says this is unlawful. Faghi is currently in Helderstroom prison in Caledon. Faghi was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He became eligible for parole in November 2015. But it has always been denied on the basis that his documents are not in order. Yet he is in a catch-22 situation: he cannot renew his papers while he is in prison.

Zim Consulate Warns of Bogus Permits Agencies in SA 21 August 2017

The Zimbabwe Consulate in South Africa is urging Zimbabweans wishing to work or stay in that country to be wary of bogus agencies who claim to facilitate processing of special permits. Bogus agencies have been flooding the social media with messages offering assistance and claiming to be working with the consulate and Home Affairs Office in South Africa. A fortnight ago the South Africa Government gave the Department of Home Affairs the greenlight to issue special permits to Zimbabweans studying or working in SA.


Namibia: 4,000 Zim Nurses Face The Axe As The Law Changes 31 August 2017

Zimbabwean health workers currently working in Namibia are at risk of losing their jobs after the Namibian authorities issued an order to suspend both the hiring of foreign nurses and renewal of expired contracts. Reports said the move, which will be effective on September 1, 2017, will, “suspend the appointments or extension of contracts of non-Namibians as well as Namibians who have reached the age of 60.”

Gambians Organise to Stop Young Migrants Risking it All 4 September 2017

After being stripped, beaten, robbed, enslaved and finally deported back to The Gambia, Karamo Keita is clear: no young Gambian should go through what he did in Libya. Keita and fellow migrants who suffered horrific abuses on their journey through the Sahara desert have formed a group to agitate for job creation from the new government and to dampen expectations among their peers that a life in Europe is within easy reach. Squatting outside a tiny hut of sticks and dried grass in Kaseke, where she and her five children have been living for nearly 10 months, Feza Mwange recounted how her family narrowly avoided death in a conflict the authorities insist, against all the evidence, has been brought to an end. “We fled as the pygmies” arrived at our village to kill us,” Mwange told IRIN. “Our chief was killed the day after we left.”

Africa: Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion By 2050 4 September 2017

Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation. Although not yet based on definite scientific projections, the proven speed with which the process of climate change has been taking place, might lead to such a scenario by 2050. If so, 1 in 9 human beings would be on the move by then.


Human Flow Review – Ai Weiwei’s Urgent Look at The Scale Of The Refugee Crisis 31 August 2017

The international co-productions of the mid-20th century often boasted myriad shooting locations in far-flung places. Who would have guessed the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei would pick up where moguls such as Sam Spiegel left off. Ai’s new film, Human Flow, while certainly epic in scope, is not exactly meant as entertainment. This is an urgent, deep soak in the current refugee crisis. There has been no dearth of documentaries about this topic, but this one comes closest to understanding the totality of the issue.

Europe, Africa Leaders Forge Refugee Deal 27 August 2017

More than 1.5 million refugees have surged into Europe since 2015. Now European leaders and their African counterparts are working to stop the next mass migration before it starts. In Paris on Monday, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain met the presidents of Niger and Chad – as well as Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s unity government. They agreed on a new policy of registering “vulnerable” refugees at reception centres in Africa before they could seek asylum in Europe.

Italian Government Accused of Paying Libyan Militias to Curb Migrant Trade 28 August 2017

Rome — Italy is being accused of paying off Libyan militias linked to people smugglers in order to stop trafficking migrants across the Mediterranean for a month. The claim, which coincides with an 86 percent fall in the number of asylum-seekers reaching Italy this month, compared to August of last year, comes as European and African leaders met in Paris to discuss how to stem the migrant flow roiling Europe.














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