Press Review 03 February 2016

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NATIONAL

DHA: No Deportation of Undocumented Migrants

AllAfrica, 26 January 2017

The Department of Home Affairs has dismissed reports that it has ordered the immediate deportation of undocumented migrants in the country. The message, which has been circulating via social media networks and SMS, alleges that the deportation of undocumented migrants began on Monday. In a statement, the department said no such statement was made or issued by the department or any official.

Skewed perceptions of SA hospitality industry to see tighter enforcement of immigration quotas

 Traveller24.com, 02 February 2017

South Africa has seen its share of deadly and bloody xenophobic outbursts.On the one hand, the hatred has been fueled by leaders in the country, recklessly proclaiming that ‘foreigners must pack their bags and go home’.On the other, the negative stereotypes exist questioning the work ethic of South African citizens over and above that of foreign migrant workers – with ‘perceptions that businesses exploit migrants to lower wages and conditions, while locals suffer in a sea of poverty and want’. It’s a recipe for disaster, and for a long time, SA’s hospitality industry has been caught in this negative space as it employs a fair amount of foreign nationals – with construction fingered as another sector of concern.

Lesotho Special Permit: Success as SA aims to address immigration regionally

Traveller24.com, 30 January 2017

Lesotho nationals currently working, studying or residing in South Africa have until 31 March 2017 to submit additional documents to validate their stay. With regard to developments on the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) programme, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba on Sunday, 29 January, said that the application process for Lesotho Special Permits (LSP) has run its course, and the amnesty and moratorium not to deport will be lifted on 31 March 2017.

Xenophobia Scare: South African govt speaks on safety

Bulawayo24.com, 29 January 2017

ZIMBABWEANS living in South African have been assured of their safety in the neighbouring country in the wake of planned demonstrations by some South Africans against employment of foreigners by local companies.A group calling itself Mamelodi Concerned Residence (sic) has organised a protest march on 24 February in Pretoria against alleged prejudice of native South Africans. The group, via a flyer circulating on various social media platforms, has questioned why the South African government continues to give asylum to foreigners. Zimbabweans among other foreigners in the Sadc country have been rattled by the planned protests, against a background of bloody xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal in 2015, memories which are still fresh.

Despite inequalities in South Africa, African migrants go there more than to Europe

Afkinsider,16 January 2017

There’s inequality all over the world but it’s more pronounced in South Africa, where the wealth of the three richest billionaires equals the wealth of half the country’s population — its poorer half — according to a Fin24.com  report. Still South Africa’s relative wealth and stability continue to draw migrants from all over Africa. You mostly hear about them when the country experiences outbreaks of xenophobic violence.

South Africa: When Swallows Cry Shows That Migrants’ Lives Matter

AllAfrica, 23 January 2017

When Swallows Cry was written when Mike Van Graan was one of eight international playwrights invited to join workshops in China to create new plays about emigration around the world. The tensions and clashes inherent in migration are more relevant now than ever, with mass war-fuelled migration into Europe and America’s BlackLivesMatter campaign emphasising how unsuccessful the noble ideas of integration and acceptance have been.

REGIONAL

Migration from Africa to Europe likely to rise in spring: EU sources

Yahoonews, 2 February 2017

The European Union is increasing aid to train the Libyan coast guard and construct better camps in Africa, among other measures, as it prepares for more migrants from Africa with the approach of spring, EU sources said.  But continuing chaos in Libya following the 2011 overthrow of veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi, and the inability of the new U.N.-backed government in Tripoli to exercise control over its territory still pose big challenges, the sources said.

Exclusive – EU Migrant Policy in Africa Built On Incorrect Niger Data

AllAfrica, 31 January 2017

The European Union has been touting a faulty figure for migration reduction through key transit country Niger as it looks to expand a policy of giving more development aid to African nations if they crack down on people smuggling and migrants, IRIN can exclusively reveal.When the International Organization for Migration released figures in early December showing a dramatic drop in the numbers of migrants transiting through northern Niger to reach Europe the previous month, EU officials seized on them as evidence that its strategy of partnering with African countries to curb irregular migration was working.

Number of Refugees Reaching Europe Plunged in 2016

AlJazeera.com, 6 January 2017

Nearly 1.8 million people are estimated to live in internal displacement in Nigeria, while some 75 percent live in host communities. Many live for years in camps. Nearly 1.8 million people are estimated to live in internal displacement in Nigeria, where many live for years in one of the country’s camps. These are their stories.

Africa ‘Should Deal With Issues That Force People to Flee’

News24.com, 29 January 2017

Africa should set an example on how to host refugees following the closure of American borders, African Union commissioner for peace and security Smail Chergui has said.Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the last day of the AU heads of state summit on Tuesday, Chergui said the AU hadn’t considered the details of the announcement, but “one of the biggest achievements of humanity is to receive those who are in need.

INTERNATIONAL

‘The Country to Which Our People Were Taken As Slaves Has Decided to Ban Refugees’: African Union Responds to Trump

 Complex.com,31 January 2017

Like so many other groups around the world, the African Union has condemned Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban, calling it “one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity.” The comments were made during the 28th annual AU summit Monday in Addis Ababa, where 53 leaders representing member states discussed the union’s new leadership; however, many also took the opportunity to express their concerns about Trump’s temporary travel on seven Muslim-majority countries, three of which are a part of the AU.

African immigrants feel the weight of being black and Muslim in Trump’s America

Dailykos.com, 1 February 2017

Marginalized groups of all faiths and colors have much to fear from a Trump presidency. And while we don’t often hear their stories, black Muslim immigrants are also concerned about what his policies on immigration and law enforcement mean for them. As PRI reports, African immigrants around the country are concerned by both the rhetoric and the actions coming from this administration. There were 1.8 million African immigrants in the country in 2013, double the population of 2000. The vast majority are lawful residents, who came as refugees from violent conflicts or with diversity visas for people from countries that are underrepresented in immigration to the US. But those who have temporary legal status are worried the government will deport them.

Migration trends to watch in 2017 African refugees protest deportations, ask for asylum 

irinnnews, 21 December 2016

Over 1000 refugees, primarily from Eritrea, traveled to Jerusalem on Thursday from the Holot detention facility in the Negev to plead to the High Court of Justice for political asylum amid threats of deportation.Wearing laminated Israeli Prison Services identification cards around their necks like scarlet letters, the men gathered in the Rose Garden, across from the Knesset, to protest a pending appeal that could result in their deportations to Sudan, Eritrea, Rwanda, or Uganda.According to the protest’s organizers, March for Freedom, asylum seekers who have been deported to third-party counties, such as Rwanda, have been systematically sent to Uganda, where they have no legal status, and are at risk of being repatriated back to Eritrea.

 

 

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