Press Review 08 January 2016

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Tags: Asylum Seeker Europe refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees


KZN farmer living in fear as refugees ‘turn on him’

News24, 18 December 2015

The owners of Hope Farm in Killarney Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, are living in fear after allegedly being threatened by foreigners who were given refuge on their farm. “I cannot leave my farm but we have a vehicle that is packed and ready for my family to go whenever there is trouble. We are living in fear because we think that we will be attacked,” said Andrew Wartnaby.  In an unfortunate turn of events, Wartnaby, 47, on Friday put his foot down after a breakaway group of 84 people allegedly burnt a tent, cut his fence and refused to accept his help.

South Africa: Home Affairs Incompetence Causes Refugees to Lose Jobs, Money and Bank Accounts

allAfrica, 18 December 2015

“I am sick and tired and wish I could be resettled to another country. They should not treat people like animals,” says a man trying to renew his refugee status. He is one of many complaining about the service at Home Affairs on Cape Town’s foreshore. The Department of Home Affairs’ foreshore office has been accused of turning away refugees since September 2015 without assisting them because the department has lost their files. Some refugees have consequently lost their jobs and had their bank accounts frozen. While in the queue outside Home Affairs, pregnant women and children stand in the scorching sun daily waiting for officials to call out their names.

South Africa: How Migrant Entrepreneurs Are a Force for Good in South Africa

allAfrica, 21 December 2015

Analysis by Caroline Skinner, University of Cape Town. Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, migrant entrepreneurs have been portrayed as driving small local businesses to the wall, taking jobs and engaging in illegal and other nefarious business practices. A survey in 2010 found that 60% of South Africans believed that migrants take jobs. Only 27% believed they created them. Nearly 60% felt that one of the reasons for the xenophobic violence that broke out in 2008 was that migrants were taking jobs from South Africans. This sentiment was echoed in the 2015 xenophobic attacks. But research indicates that migrant entrepreneurs create jobs for other migrants and South Africans.

The Rwandan car guard who hung on to her dream

News24, 22 December 2015

As a student and part-time car guard, Alice Wamundiya from Rwanda had a dream – to help other refugees and asylum seekers get an education. Report by Ground Up. Today, she holds a BA in psychology and an honours degree in development studies from the University of the Western Cape and is one of the founders of the award-winning Tertiary Refugee Students organisation. The organisation helps refugees and asylum seekers to further their education or to resume studies in South Africa that were interrupted in their home countries due to turmoil. To date, it has assisted some 1 200 students since being founded in 2005.


East Africa: Germany Gives Crucial Support for Refugees in East Africa

allAfrica, 11 December 2015

“Tanzania has proved itself to be a safe-haven for a large number of Burundian refugees,” said the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Egon Kochanke, at an event to mark the contribution in Dar es Salaam today. “The German Government wishes to commend the people and Government of Tanzania for welcoming so many of their neighbours from Burundi. We trust that our contribution will help support Tanzania’s exceptional humanitarian leadership.” More than 116,000 refugees have fled to Tanzania since April as a result of political unrest in Burundi. With 64,000 Congolese refugees already in the country, this makes Tanzania home to over 180,000 refugees. To accommodate the large influx of Burundian refugees, the Government of Tanzania has this year re-opened three former refugee camps in north-western Tanzania.

East Africa: Uganda Praised for Hosting Region Refugees

allAfrica, 12 December 2015

United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) country representative Esperance Fundira has praised Uganda for hosting about 690, 000 refugees from the neighbouring countries of Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) respectively. Similar compliments were pronounced by Pope Francis during his visit to Uganda when he recognized Uganda for showing outstanding concern for refugees, welcoming them, enabling them to rebuild their lives in security and with a sense of dignity.

Uganda hosts record 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers

UNHCR Press Release, 18 December 2015

More than half a million people fleeing violence and human rights abuses, mostly from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have now found protection and safety in Uganda. By early December, Uganda had become home to almost 511,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, the highest number ever in the country’s history. More than 100,000 have so far arrived in 2015, making Uganda the third-largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, after Ethiopia (736,000) and Kenya (594,000). Uganda is widely recognized as having progressive and forward-thinking refugee and asylum policies. Upon receiving refugee status, refugees are provided with small areas of land in villages integrated within the local host community; a pioneering approach that enhances social cohesion and allows both refugees and host communities to live together peacefully.

Ethiopia: Supporting Ethiopia is Supporting Refugees

allAfrica, 22 December 2015

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia, Ahunna Eziakowa-Onochie, has recently sensitized humanitarian partners on the need to stand by Ethiopia as the nation is hosting millions of refugees who are in urgent need of support. About “720,000 refugees, who migrated from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia, are on Ethiopia soil. To help the refugees and Ethiopians, it is a time of great need. Otherwise, shame to the Global Goals!” Ahunna so emphasized when the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) was recently released. The document shed light on the fact that saving life is compulsory. It highlighted humanitarian aid is the utmost pillar of response to a given catastrophe. Dilating on the same vein Ahunna said addressing the needs of the most- vulnerable groups, especially, elders must be done in an immediate and cost effective manner.

Mozambique: Mozambican Migrants Receive New Passports

allAfrica, 31 December 2015

The Mozambican National Immigration Service (SENAMI) says that it has corrected and re-issued passports for 16,350 Mozambicans who work on the mines in South Africa, after the South African authorities detected errors in the original passports. The mistakes in the passports might have meant that the South Africans would have refused to issue work visas, thus endangering the employment of the Mozambican migrant workers. The mistake is entirely the responsibility of the Mozambican immigration brigades who issued the biometric passports in South Africa. This was an attempt to make life easier for the miners, but it backfired, because the wrong code was used. In the space for “type of document”, the code “DM” (migration document) should have been used. Instead these faulty documents bear the code “DV” (travel document). A DV passport is not eligible for a work visa.

DR Congo registers 7,000 refugees arriving from South Sudan

Business Standard, 06 January 2016

Some 7,000 refugees arriving from war-torn South Sudan were registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo today, a local official said. “Seven thousand people have crossed the South Sudanese border at Dungu towards the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Ismael Arama Ziama, senior official in Haut-Uele province, told AFP, adding that they had been registered in the northeastern border region. Arama Ziama said the refugees, who have arrived over the last month, were “fleeing the climate of insecurity in the (South Sudanese) provinces bordering the DRC.” He added that most of the refugees were South Sudanese, but the group also includes some Congolese and other nationals.


E.U. launches $2 billion plan to keep Africans from migrating

The Washington Post, 16 December 2015

The European Union on Wednesday announced the start of a $2 billion initiative to curb illegal migration from Africa, an ambitious program that aims to tackle the root causes of a historic flight of Africans to Europe. The first $325 million in projects introduced Wednesday include efforts to increase employment in the migrants’ home countries and to tackle human trafficking in places such as Ethiopia and Somalia.

Africa: New EU Projects in the Areas of Migration and Asylum

allAfrica, 16 December 2015

In addition to the first batch of projects to be financed under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa the EU is going to implement another six actions (with a total budget of €41.6 million) focused on improving migration. In addition to the first batch of projects to be financed under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa the EU is going to implement another six actions (with a total budget of €41.6 million) focused on improving migration management in developing countries and to maximise the positive impact of migration on the development of partner countries.

Kenya: Africans Make Up the Largest Share of Migrant Deaths

allAfrica, 24 December 2015

A majority of asylum seekers who die crossing over to Europe by sea are Africans and the fatalities have increased in 2015, a review of migration data by Nation Newsplex reveals. While the migration crisis in Europe dominated the headlines in the West for much of 2015, the focus has been on the over one million migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea and by land to Europe but not on those who died trying to get there.

Two African refugees aim to make history at 2016 Rio Olympics

The Guardian, 07 January 2016

When Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo three years ago and sought asylum in Brazil, they hoped to escape history. This summer, they may end up making it instead as refugee athletes competing in the Olympic Games for a flag rather than a nation. The judoka, who are seeking asylum in Brazil from their conflict-riven homeland, are being considered for selection in a new category of refugee athletes who will participate under the banner of the International Olympic Committee. It is an exciting prospect for the young martial arts specialists, who initially feared they had left their sport as well as their homeland behind when they made a risky asylum bid during the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio.






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