Press Review 12 May 2017

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Tags: forced migration;refugees; asylum seekers;development;xenophobia South Africa


High bank charges force immigrants to send money home “hand-to-hand”

GroundUp, 10 May 2017

A new survey by Cape Town-based refugee rights advocacy group The Scalabrini Centre has found that the high cost of sending money has kept migrants from using formal remittance systems. “For most focus group participants … the cost of remitting was identified as a significant obstacle and hardship for sending money,” wrote the authors of the study, which is based on group interviews with 28 African migrants from eight sub-Saharan countries.

WATCH: The shocking state of the Zimbabwean border fence, 3 May 2017

Borders and their control has become one of the most hotly debated issues around the world over the last few years. Immigration concerns led to the two major political events of 2016, BREXIT and Donald Trump becoming president of the USA. While here at home there have been no calls to “Build the wall!” it seems that in some areas a little bit of wall building might actually be in order. Former Proteas player Pat Symcox has recently been on holiday in Limpopo, he took to Facebook to upload a video that shows he clearly hasn’t been enjoying ALL of his holiday. Symcox got a first-hand look at part of the South Africa/ Zimbabwe border (just down from the post itself) he labelled what he saw a “national disgrace.”

Three2Six, the passport to tomorrow for immigrant children, 13 April 2017

Johannesburg’s Sacred Heart College has a long history of opening its doors to the most vulnerable children. Under the apartheid regime it educated children of all colours. Today, as home to Three2Six, it offers refugee children the chance of an education they may otherwise be denied.

In South Africa the faulty logic of xenophobia drives hostility to immigrants, 5 May 2017

A new round of xenophobia at the end of February in South Africa was accompanied by violent demonstrations led by native-born South Africans and counter-demonstrations by immigrants now resident here. This time anti-South African demonstrations broke out in Lagos, Nigeria, prompting diplomatic meetings between both countries’ foreign affairs ministers. As the smoke clears, questions must be asked about why this civil disruption happened again.It is easy to point fingers: The intolerance of ordinary citizens and idiotic and poorly chosen statements, excuses or denials by politicians from all parties also stand out. But are Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani and other immigrants “stealing” jobs from South Africans?

CAPE TOWN: Proposed Refugee Amendment Bill “restricts and excludes”, 21 April 2017

The proposed changes to the Refugees Amendment Bill “restrict and exclude” those seeking to work and study, according to William Kerfoot, an attorney at the Legal Resource Centre. Kerfoot was speaking at a panel discussion in Cape Town on Thursday on section B12-2016 of the Bill and what its implementation would mean for asylum seekers and foreign nationals in South Africa. The event was chaired by the Enhanced Civic Understanding and Engagement Project and sponsored by the European Union. The proposed amendments to the Bill were tabled in Parliament in September 2016 and opened for public comment. The Bill seeks to implement amendments to the Refugees Act of 1998.

MSF field worker draws parallels between xenophobic attitudes in SA and Europe, 18 April 2017

Kate Stegeman is a South African field worker for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a non-governmental organisation that delivers emergency aid to those in need. She is the first South African join MSF’s search and rescue operations for refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean. She spoke to The Daily Vox about her experiences.












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