Press Review 02 January 2018

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SA grants Zimbabweans with expired permits right to travel home 13 December 2017

South Africa has granted Zimbabweans holding expired permits permission to travel home during the festive season as long as they have proof that they have applied for new permits that will come into effect on January 1. Holders of Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) got a reprieve after the South African government gave them the greenlight to continue using the expired ZSP permits until they have been issued with the new Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP). The newly introduced ZEP permits allow Zimbabweans to continue studying or working in the neighbouring country for the next four years.

Stressed migrants eager to rebuild lives in ‘new’ Zimbabwe 19 December 2017

Some 100 Zimbabwean nationals illegally living in South Africa have voluntarily returned from the neighbouring country following a change of government in Zimbabwe. Most who arrived in the capital Harare and Bulawayo have been in South Africa for over ten years during which they evaded arrest by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and detection by Home Affairs immigration officers. They are looking forward to rebuilding their lives in Zimbabwe following the ouster of longtime president, Robert Mugabe, last month.

Family caught up in home affairs nightmare 11 December 2017

When Florette and Nsongoni Mulowayi renounced their Democratic Republic of Congo citizenship, it was with the promise of a new life in a country they “want to serve”. Their eldest son had already been granted citizenship, having been born in South Africa in 2011, and they thought awarding the same status to them and their baby would be a formality. But despite meeting all the requirements to be naturalised, the former refugees were left out in the cold when the Department of Home Affairs told them they would have to be permanent residents for 10 years – double the period stipulated in the Citizenship Act – before being considered for naturalisation. As a result the parents are stateless but South African permanent residents. One child is a South African citizen. Another is stateless and without any status in South Africa.

How migrant entrepreneurs play a role in easing lives of SA’s poorest 19 December 2017

There is a marked contrast between what 60% of South Africans believe about migrant entrepreneurs from Somalia, Nigeria and Senegal who live in Cape Town and actual findings confirmed by research. A survey in 2010 found that the majority of South Africans believed that one of the reasons for the xenophobic violence in 2008 was that migrants were taking jobs from South Africans, that they were engaging in illegal and other nefarious business practices and driving local small businesses to the wall. However, a study of migrant entrepreneurs from these countries — and confirmed in the Southern African Migration Programme survey conducted in Johannesburg and Cape Town — found that, contrary to these beliefs, migrant entrepreneurs create jobs for other migrants and South Africans, slightly favouring the employment of South Africans.

Undocumented minors – The life and death struggle for education 17 December 2017

School is out, and as the class of 2017 await their final results, two young women will be conspicuously absent. One a South African, the other Congolese, they had little in common other than the tragic way that they died. Both committed suicide after being denied an opportunity to write matric.


Inside Africa’s largest refugee crisis in Uganda 18 December 2017

Yumbe is incredibly isolated. From Kampala, the capital of Uganda, it took us 11 hours by road to reach Yumbe, which is situated in a sub-region called ‘West Nile’, in the upper northwest of the country bordering the southern part of South Sudan. My Ugandan colleague who grew up two hours away tells me that before now there was no reason to go to Yumbe – “why would you?” It is remote and inaccessible. The area itself was not connected to the national grid until a few years ago. And yet, this is the frontline of Africa’s largest refugee crisis; women, men and children from South Sudan escaping a war that has torn their country apart, looking for refuge with their neighbours. Eighty per cent of South Sudanese refugees here are women and children.

Crisis as scores of asylum seekers disappear from Botswana refugee camp 08 December 2017

The whereabouts of more than 350 rejected asylum seekers, who were accommodated at Dukwi Refugee Camp in northern Botswana are unknown, it has emerged. This comes on the heels of recent reports that at least 30 rejected asylum seekers have already fled to neighbouring Zimbabwe. This was also after the rejected asylum seekers’ lawyer Morgan Moseki had unsuccessfully appealed to government to let his clients reside at the Dukwi Refugee Camp following a Court Appeal Order that government was not obliged to accommodate them at the camp.


Germany pledges €700,000 to refugee response 13 December  2017

THE German government has pledged to contribute more than K8 million (700, 000 Euros) towards the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee response in Zambia and Angola in 2018.This is in the light of an influx of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) -now put at over 10,000 – who are fleeing unrest and are currently being hosted at Kenani transit centre in Luapula Province.

EU leaders clash over refugees 15 December 2017

Two years after the Mediterranean migrant crisis blew a hole in the European Union, a tentative effort to patch up differences over what to do with refugees underlined continuing rifts among the bloc’s leaders. A free-wheeling discussion over a Brussels summit dinner that began on Thursday night and spilled into the wee hours of Friday was intended to clear the air and see if there was a way to reconcile opposing views on how to reform defunct asylum rules.

You won’t believe how many Stockholmers are actually immigrants  18 December 2017

International Migrants Day is celebrated annually on December 18th. It’s a day dedicated to the contributions, efforts, and rights of millions of migrants around the world.To raise awareness of International Migrants Day, the team at Borders Beyond – a new online lifestyle magazine launched by Swedish tech company Rebtel, hit the streets of Sweden’s capital to chat with Stockholmers about where they come from.

Tate Modern unveils artworks tackling migration and sexual brutality 18 December 2017

Tate Modern has unveiled two immersive and highly political artworks about forced migration and sexual brutality in its subterranean Tanks space. The large installations by the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh and India’s Amar Kanwar were opened to the public on Monday and both will enter Tate’s collection.










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