Press Review 11 August 2017

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National

Gay immigrants campaign for acceptance

timeslive.co.za 29/07/2017

Shamsa Ally Haji is an immigrant from Somalia. She is also lesbian. “It’s difficult for me to go to other Somali nationals to ask for help because they believe I should behave like a Somali woman and get married. They detest my dressing in jeans,” she said. She was speaking at Colours of Cape Town, a night of solidarity between Cape Town’s LGBTI and immigrant community.

National government must offer housing to refugees and asylum seekers, says Mashaba

Citizen.co.za 27/7/2017

“That responsibility lies with national government,who when the need arises must offer accommodation to refugees and asylum seekers. It is not in the scope of the city of Johannesburg to do so” said the mayoral office spokesperson Siyanda Makhubo.

Catch 22 for refugee in prison

groundup.org.za 26/6/2017

Abdulkadir Mohammed Faghi is a Somali refugee who was convicted in September 2011 for car theft, fraud and forgery. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He became eligible for parole in November 2015, but it has always been denied on the basis that his documents are not in order. The catch is that he cannot renew his papers while he is in prison.

Asylum seekers will have to live near borders if Home Affairs has its way

dailymavericks.co.za 25/7/2017

Proposed changes to SA’s immigration laws may prevent refugees and asylum-seekers from permanently settling in the country.

How the new “visa-free” Africa passport will work for South Africans

businesstech.co.za 28/7/2017

The Department of Home Affairs has published its International Migration white paper, addressing the long talked about topic of a shared, “open border” passport among AU countries. The shared passport forms part of the “AU Agenda 2063” which highlighted the importance of free movement by Africans in Africa for meaningful integration, and increased trade. One of the seven overarching aspirations outlined in Agenda 2063 is “an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan- Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance”. The AU Agenda 2063 goes on to call for action to introduce an African passport, issued by member states, capitalising on the global migration towards e- passports, and the abolishment of visa requirements for all African citizens among AU countries.

Regional

Sudanese refugee population nears million in Uganda

cajnewsafrica.com 26/07/2017

KAMPALA – THE number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda is projected to reach 1 million within the next few weeks if current arrival rates continue.The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),Filippo Grandi, disclosed some 9 500 Sudanese refugees have arrived in the neighbouring country this month, on a daily average rate of about 689.The refugee population now stands at about 991 000.

SA and DRC sign visa waiver for diplomats

m.traveller24.com 1/08/2017

Cape Town – South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed a visa waiver agreement for official and diplomatic passport holders. The agreement was signed last Monday by Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security of the DRC, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari in Tshwane.

OPINION:Every refugee I have met has echoed this wish

daily telegraph.com.au 8/08/2017

LOOKING over the shoulder of Gladys, a young South Sudanese refugee flicking through a frayed album of old family photos, my mind flashes back to my own younger self.

UN sees early warning signs of genocide in C. Africa

enca.com 7/08/2017

NEW YORK – Renewed clashes in the Central African Republic are early warning signs of genocide, the UN aid chief said Monday, calling for more troops and police to beef up the UN peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn country. Some 180,000 people have been driven from their homes this year, bringing the total number of displaced in the Central African Republic to well over half a million, said Stephen O’Brien.

International

Refugee Boats’ and African Capitalism

nytimes.com 27/07/2017

Until a few days ago, you could order “refugee boats” from Alibaba, the enormous Chinese e-marketplace. The Chinese-made rubber boats, available for a couple of hundred dollars, had “good capacity of anti-sinking,” the item’s order page claimed, even if “the boat is filled fully with water.” Summer is here, and it’s once again high season for North African human traffickers, who send tens of thousands of migrants a year across the Mediterranean to Europe — in boats very different from those found on Alibaba. Scores of them sink, killing thousands every year.

All Boats Lead to Rome – and Then the Refugees Stay There

haaretz.com 28/07/2017

Italy has absorbed some 800,000 African migrants over the past decade and now it wants other Western countries to share the burden. But with none willing to open their borders, a humanitarian crisis is inevitable.

 

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