Press Review 1 October 2017

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Do immigrants ‘steal’ jobs in SA? What the data tells us 19 September 2017

South Africa is a popular destination for immigrants, especially from other African countries. Does their presence affect the employment chances of South Africans? Raphael Chaskalson presents results from an econometric model that attempts to tackle this question.

The plight of Zimbabwean female migrants in South Africa 22 September 2017

UPON seeing a sleek Mercedes-Benz approaching the parking lot outside the dilapidated farm compounds at Kumavhoroso, about 30km north of Pretoria, Sibongile Khumalo walked seductively towards it with a beaming smile on her face. Dressed in a tight black mini skirt that revealed the greater part of her legs and a matching orange top that exposed her cleavage, the 32-year-old woman tightly hugged the vehicle owner before the two disappeared into a room at the compound. This has been the life of Khumalo, who after relocating from Budiriro high-density suburb in Harare to the neighbouring South Africa, 10 years ago, found the going tough and reluctantly turned into commercial sex work.

Thought leaders discuss international migration policies 20 September 2017

Thought leaders gathered at the Wits Club in Johannesburg to discuss whether the department’s migration policies are safe and in line with the African Development Agenda Vision 2063.

Mkhize praised, Mugabe condemned after extension of Zimbabweans’ permits 15 September 2017

The decision by the South African government to extend the permits of Zimbabweans working, studying and operating businesses in the country has come as a huge relief to thousands of the foreign nationals and millions back in Zimbabwe relying on remittances sent from across the Limpopo.

Urban Migration: What The Marikana Informal Settlement Judgment Teaches 19 September 2017

Urban migration is a global phenomenon, to which South Africa is not immune. Thousands of South Africans move to urban areas every year in search of better opportunities including better remuneration, education, work opportunities and improved services. Many such South Africans find themselves, as the occupants of the Marikana informal settlement near Cape Town did, precariously settled on the margins of the city and facing a certain future homelessness.

African migrants’ map to South Africa 15 September 2017

Ronald Muchatuta’s new exhibition presents dozens of artworks that serve as maps of African migrants’ experiences in South Africa. They are no ordinary maps.


Nigerian mediator who won Chibok girls` release wins UN Refugee Award 19 September 2017

Zannah Mustapha, a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria to get a quality education, has been named the 2017 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award. Mustapha founded a school in 2007 in Maiduguri – the capital of Borno State and the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. The school has stayed open throughout the conflict with Boko Haram, which has seen some 20,000 killed across the Lake Chad region, and millions more displaced.

Morocco and Algeria Changing Roles in Managing Migration 14 September 2017

Algeria and Morocco are taking a central role in managing migration from Africa to Europe by legalising the stay of sub-Saharan African migrants. These legalisation schemes will enhance Algeria and Morocco’s negotiation power with the European Union (EU), improve relations with sub-Saharan African countries, offer migrants opportunities and steer economic growth. This approach could also help tackle the development of migrant-centred terrorist groups inside Algeria and Morocco.

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast 27 September 2017

The EU unveiled plans on 17 September 2017 to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing. The proposal involves admitting refugees to European Union countries over the next two years under the bloc’s resettlement programme, which was introduced during the migration crisis that hit the continent in 2015.

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees 14 September 2017

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa? Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards. The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations’ warnings about their adverse social consequences.


Strong compacts for refugees and migrants more urgent than ever

20 September 2017

Faced with record numbers of people displaced by conflict and persecution, and the rise and complexity of international migration, two senior UN officials today appealed to governments to ensure the new global ‘compacts’ on refugees and migrants are robust, with the rights of people on the move at their core.

For Refugee Chefs, This Meal Is a Business Card

“I always wanted to be a chef, even before I came here to America,” said Ms. Alsubaie, who left her home country to escape its treatment of women. “Here, in New York, I want to make a business.”Adwa Alsubaie had never cooked outside a home kitchen until last May. Two years after she and her sister fled their home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ms. Alsubaie, 20, got a job in the kitchen at Emma’s Torch, a brunch spot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that doubles as a culinary school for refugees and political asylum seekers.


















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