Press Review 03 November 2015

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Tags: africa; xenophobia Mobility in Africa refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees


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‘This prison is hell on earth’

IOL beta, 14 October 2015

The dream of a new life in South Africa has turned into a nightmare for hundreds of Ethiopian migrants held in overcrowded Malawian jails despite having served their sentences for illegal entry.

Africa: Attacks on Foreigners in South Africa Expose Refugee Women to New Dangers

allAfrica, 20 October 2015

When Congolese refugee Faiza Lugi saw the mob toting machetes and heavy knobkerrie sticks surge down the main street in this port city chanting anti-foreigner slogans, she knew that it was time to run again. Having fled war, gang rape and chaos in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) more than a decade ago, she abandoned her roadside stall selling footwear in Durban and ran from the rabble as it looted businesses, torched homes and killed at least seven people.

Managing migration, for the benefit of all: iLIVE, Mr. Richard Ots, Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Times Live, 29 October 2015

Between the violence against foreign shop-owners in Grahamstown and the scenes of Syrians arriving at Europe’s borders, it is clear that migration continues to be a policy issue that, quite literally, knows no borders. In a world that is increasingly inter-connected and with populations that are progressively more mobile, it is unlikely that migratory flows will decrease. Historically, mankind has always turned to migration as a way to progress. Migration truly is “the Drive to Improve”. The continued friction between host communities and migrants in South Africa reinforces the need for a revaluation of the effectiveness of migration policy in the country.

South Africa: Bellville Home Affairs Door Closed to Refugees

allAfrica, 02 November 2015

Refugees and organisations working with them in the Western Cape say they were not informed with adequate time nor consulted by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) about the closure of its Bellville office for refugee travel and applications for identity documents.


Meet the Nobel-nominated priest who rescues African refugees from Mediterranean

National Catholic Reporter, 15 October 2015

A surge of migrant deaths in deadly voyages across the Mediterranean Sea has become a modern-day refugee crisis. But the Rev. Mussie Zerai, a 40-year-old Roman Catholic priest from tiny Eritrea, north of Ethiopia, has moved to help migrants trapped in the North African deserts and rickety wooden boats drifting across the sea.

Nigeria: Journalist Investigating Africa-Europe Migration Arrested in Agadez, Niger Republic

allAfrica, 18 October 2015

A Nigerian journalist, Lawan Adamu, has been arrested in the desert town of Agadez, Niger Republic, while on mission to investigate migration of Africans to Europe through the town. Agadez, a gateway between West and North Africa, is a famous transit point for thousands of African migrants who are transported across the Sahara Desert to Libya for onward journey to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of such migrants have reached Europe which is now battling with a huge refugee crisis including those from war-torn Syria, while many of the African migrants also die on the Mediterranean sea while trying to embark on the risky journey.

Angola: Stability in Africa Needed to End Forced Migration – Minister

AllAfrica, 20 October 2015

Political stability and the resulting environment of peace and security could contribute to the end of forced migration of millions of Africans and misery, endemic diseases and socio-economic and technological underdevelopment. This was said Tuesday in Luanda by the National Defence minister, João Lourenço, who added that the whole African continent and the international community at large are engaged in finding solutions to conflicts and bringing lasting peace.

Lives on hold for families of missing migrants

IRIN, 2O October 2015

When migrants go missing on the long journey from Africa to Europe the lack of information about their fate often adds immense bureaucratic hurdles to the anxious uncertainty suffered by their relatives back home. Baye Aly Diop, for example, has heard nothing from his son Cheikou since shortly after he and 61 others left the Senegalese fishing village of Thiaroye-sur-Mer, near Dakar, in March 2006, with the aim reaching Europe. The last contact with his son was a phone call a few days later, when Cheikou said he had reached Mauritania and was about to board a boat to the Canary Islands. Many thousands of migrants have drowned on that sea, more than 3,000 this year alone. But only recently has any attempt been made to track the missing.

Refugees pile pressure on Cameroon communities – U.N.

News24, 26 October 2015

Escalating violence in northern Cameroon combined with an influx of refugees from Nigeria and Central African Republic is placing immense strain on local communities already struggling to survive, the United Nations’ aid chief said on Monday. Cross-border raids and suicide bombings by suspected Boko Haram forces have uprooted more than 80,000 people in Cameroon’s Far North region over the last year, the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says. The region is also home to 60 000 Nigerian refugees who have fled attacks by the militant group since the start of 2013.

Botswana grants asylum to Eritrean football team who refused to board flight back home

Mail & Guardian, 28 October 2015

Botswana granted asylum to Eritrean football players who refused to return home after a World Cup soccer tournament qualification match in the southern African nation earlier this month, according to their lawyer. The government will allow the 10 defectors to be moved to the Dukwi Refugee camp, in the country’s east near the border with Zimbabwe, Dick Bayford said by phone on Wednesday.


Africa: Integrating African Refugees Through Soccer

allAfrica, 14 October 2015

Germany can be a bewildering place for those seeking asylum. But in Cologne, a group of young Germans are trying to help in the integration process by inviting young Africans to play football with them. Soccer is a universal language, say its fans. On a pitch in the German city of Cologne, a wide variety of African languages can also be heard.

Woman sparks outrage by dressing as a refugee with a baby tied to her for Halloween

Mail Online, 01 November 2015

A woman has sparked outrage by dressing up as a refugee with a baby in a sling for ‘Halloween‘. The undated image of a woman wearing a pink dress and headscarf with a baby tied around her body was posted online alongside the caption ‘refugee’ by Abigail Dapron from South Africa. The photograph, which appears to have been taken during Halloween celebrations, has been widely shared and criticised on Twitter.


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