Press Review 02 June 2017

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Tags: Europe forced migration;refugees; asylum seekers;development;xenophobia refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees

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National


#AfricaDay: Malema speaks out against xenophobia

EFF leader Julius Malema called out against the abuse and women and children when he addressed hundreds of supporters at an Africa Day celebration in Jourbert Park in Joburg on Africa Day.

Faustin Nyamwasa to seek new refugee status in SA

TimesLive.co.za, 24 May 2017

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has granted an order that withdraws the refugee status of a former Rwandan Army Chief of Staff, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He will now have to make a fresh application for refugee status in South Africa. An agreement was reached in the Appeal Court on Wednesday between the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants (CORMSA) and the Litigation Centre as appellants and the Department of Home Affairs as respondent.

Rough Welcome – Could South Africa’s New Border Detention Centres Turn Deadly?

AllAfrica.com, 24 May 2017

Experts warn that the country’s overburdened asylum system could leave people trapped at ‘processing centres’ for years. The centres, the first of which may be at Komatipoort near the Mozambican border, will accommodate asylum seekers until the home affairs department decides whether they qualify for refugee status.

Officials Need To Treat Asylum Seekers and Refugee Women Like Africans Too

HuffingtonPost.co.za, 30 May 2017

Before celebrating the achievements of the African Union and the African Commission, it is important to reflect on the issues which continue to plague the continent and its most vulnerable groups, particularly those issues which directly affect South Africa. Amongst these are the plight of the asylum seeker and refugee women and highlight the epidemic of rape when used as a weapon of war.

OPINION: Broadly painting SA with a xenophobic brush

IOL.CO.ZA, 21 May 2017

Have you ever heard of Nigeria, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Israel, Libya and Algeria, just to name these few countries, which engaged in elaborate and extensive measures to forestall foreigners from settling in their countries, being characterised as xenophobic? Regardless of the bishop’s excellent rebuttal of the professor’s sophomoric analysis of Mbeki’s alleged hidden xenophobia, it remains incumbent upon South Africa’s critical thinkers to challenge the modern Pharisees who are bent on giving a dog a bad name before hanging it.

New SA border patrol bill stalls due to absent MPs

News24.co.za, 26, May 2017

The controversial new border management authority bill failed to pass in the National Assembly on Thursday, after not enough MPs attended to form a quorum. Even those ANC MPs present could not ensure that the House had the necessary 201 MPs present to pass the bill.

Regional


Zimbabwe: Child Smuggling On Zim-SA Border Surges

AllAfrica.com, 25 May 2017

A total of 150 children were this year intercepted while being smuggled into either South Africa or Zimbabwe, while 79 local minors are being held at care centres in Limpopo province, an action committee has revealed. A quarterly meeting of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Cross-Border Coordination Committee for Unaccompanied and Separated Migrant Children raised concern over the rampant smuggling of minors between the two countries’ borders. The committee is made up of officials from the two nations’ social service departments, immigration, police, non-governmental organisations and human rights lawyers.

OPINION:Insights From the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Fanarmedia,org, 29 May 2017

During dinner in Egypt, at a conference on refugee education, a respected and experienced colleague of mine called “City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp” a highly accurate depiction of life in a refugee camp. I was intrigued.

Surge in Congolese fleeing conflict to Angola

Carnewsafrica.com, 27 May 2017

More refugees are arriving in Angola after fleeing conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

International


What a New Yorker Learned on Frontline of Turkey’s Refugee Crisis

NewsDeeply.com, 26 May, 2017

There are over 3 million asylum seekers in Turkey. Amel Ahmed moved to the country to volunteer her legal and Arabic skills to help those whose claims are denied. Here, she explains her day-to-day work – and why it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Development serving the purpose of migration control

Euobserver.com, 17 May 2017

Last November, NGOs gave a guarded welcome to the European Commission’s proposals for a major overhaul of the EU’s development policy framework on migratrion, which should guide the EU`s development efforts until 2030.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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