Press Review 14 October 2015

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Tags: Europe human mobility refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees refugees Syria


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South Africa: Dept Mulls Asylum Offices At Border Posts

allAfrica, 16 September 2015

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department is considering establishing asylum offices at the country’s ports of entry, in an effort to improve the migration process. This will enable asylum seekers to get their documents without traveling long distances to Home Affairs offices and assist in reducing the duration of getting one’s documents.

How SA should help refugees

iOLNews, 20 September 2015

As the Syrian refugee crisis escalates, South African diplomats and politicians have mixed reactions to whether we should open our doors to the refugees. While some believe that we should accommodate them, others are saying that we do not have the capacity to do so.

Op-Ed: More harm than good – the politics of child trafficking prevention in South Africa

Daily Maverick, 22 September 2015

Recently introduced anti-trafficking regulations in South Africa are doing more harm than good. This is because they have been driven by panic and international pressure, not evidence. An important public debate on child trafficking and immigration is taking place in South Africa.

Gigaba: opposition to new visa regulation based on “lies” and “cooked-up figures”

The South African, 28 September 2015

Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has hit back strongly at criticism over South Africa’s newly introduced visa regulations. The regulations have caused an uproar with many companies claiming a drop in tourists has been partly down to the new regulation. Gigba has hit back at these claims saying that claiming ailing figures and new visa regulations are linked is just “an opinion”.

Africa: Labour Migration – South Africa Must Make More Progress

Daily Maverick, 12 October 2015

South Africa needs less talk of reducing migration, of associating migrants with negative outcomes, or of sending illegal migrants home. Instead it requires a better informed, cohesive and regionally responsive labour migration policy framework that recognises the country’s socio-economic challenges and develops provisions that will ensure migrant workers contribute to, rather than work on the periphery of, national economic and labour objectives.

Home Affairs detainee ‘almost died’

iOL, 13 October 2015

Zimbabwean school teacher, Wilson Kwatamanzi alleges he was repeatedly punched with clenched fists, put in a chokehold and “almost died” after he was spotted by police officers taking pictures while queuing at Home Affairs offices at Marabastad in Pretoria on Tuesday.


New court bid against Rwandan army general’s refugee status in SA

News24, 15 September 2015

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is considering a petition to the Appeal Court over a court ruling that a former Rwandan general and alleged war criminal can retain his refugee status in South Africa. SALC assisted the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) in an application for leave to appeal against a ruling by Judge Nomonde Ngqibisa-Thusi in the High Court in Pretoria last year. The judge dismissed CoRMSA’s application to set aside the government’s 2010 decision to grant refugee status to Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, saying he fell within the category of vulnerable groups in need of protection.

Africa: UNHCR – Africa Set to Conclude One of Its Longest-Standing Refugee Situations

allAfrica, 2 October 2015

Delegations from Rwanda and 11 major host countries in Africa, the African Union and UNHCR met today to agree on the final steps to end one of the world’s longest-standing displacement situations. This is the concluding phase of a comprehensive strategy to solve the situation of Rwandan refugees who fled their country between 1959 and 31 December 1998.

East Africa: Migration Within the Horn – Balancing Regional Integration and National Interests

allAfrica, 9 October 2015

The Life & Peace Institute’s Horn of Africa Regional Program held its first Horn of Africa Bulletin Forum (HABForum) on ‘Mobility and Migration in in the Horn of Africa: East African Migrants in South Sudan’. The Forum, which was held on Oct. 1st, was opened by the South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, and convened civil society actors, international organizations, IGAD and the African Union. The objective of the Forum was to shed light on a less discussed type of migration in the Horn of Africa where migrants in the region stay in the region in search of economic opportunities by looking at the case of South Sudan.

Dream turns sour for Ethiopian migrants jailed in Malawi

Mail & Guardian, 14 October 2015

The dream of a new life in SA has turned into a nightmare for Ethiopian migrants held in Malawian jails despite having served their sentences. “This prison is hell on earth. We are in prison despite paying the fine,” a tearful 15-year-old Eyasu Tadiya told Agence France-Presse inside Dedza prison, 85 kilometres south of Lilongwe, the administrative capital. Eyasu, looking weak and thin, said he had been on his way to join his father in South Africa, but had now given up hope of making it to the continent’s most developed economy. “The journey has ended here and I just want to go back home rather than suffer in this way,” he said. Prisons spokesperson Evance Phiri told AFP the inmates were held even after they had paid their fines or finished their sentences because of a lack of funds to send them home.


Zuma blames Europe for Libya migrants

iOLNews, 15 September 2015

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday blamed European countries for the Libyan refugee crisis. Addressing a group of foreign ambassadors and high commissioners in Pretoria, Zuma said European countries ignored the African Union’s proposal for peaceful intervention in Libya, destabilising the country, and should therefore welcome refugees from the north African country. 

EU envoy disagrees with Zuma over refugees

eNCA, 15 September 2015

The crisis of mass migration of refugees from Africa was not caused by European countries, but by autocratic leaders, a European official said on Tuesday. Roeland van de Geer, European Union ambassador to South Africa, said the cause of the crisis in North Africa “lies squarely with its own leaders”. Speaking after a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and the diplomatic corps, he told reporters he believed that this lack of democratic values was driving the multitudes to risk life an limb and life to reach Europe. 

EU will be deporting 400 000 asylum seekers within weeks, to ‘deter irregular migration’

The South African, 8 October 2015

It looks like Europe has reached breaking point in tackling the influx of asylum seekers, as the Union has finalised ‘secret plans’ to detain and deport hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers. On top of that, the EU will be threatening countries like Niger and Eritrea with aid cuts if they refuse to take back their folks.

Libyan authorities detain 300 African migrants

News24, 9 October 2015

A Libyan official with the Islamist-backed government controlling the capital, Tripoli, says they have detained 300 African migrants captured while boarding boats headed to Europe. Military spokesperson Mohamed al-Shamy said on Friday that the migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, were captured on Tuesday on a beach east of Tripoli.

It isn’t just Asian immigrants who excel in the US; Africans do better than them

Mail & Guardian, 13 October 2015

IN a recent column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof dared to ask the “awkward question” of why Asian-Americans have been so economically successful in the US. The most important reasons, he says, are hard work and a reverence for education…Perhaps most surprising is that, by many measures, the most-educated immigrant group in the U.S. isn’t East Asians. It’s Africans. ..African immigrants are also very likely to hold advanced degrees, many of which are earned at US universities.  By many measures, African immigrants are as far ahead of American whites in the educational achievement as whites are ahead of African-Americans. That education translates into higher household income.

African students and entrepreneurs to be encouraged to migrate to EU

The Telegraph, 14 October 2015

Thousands of skilled workers, entrepreneurs and students will be helped to move from Africa to Europe in response to the migration crisis, under plans to be discussed by European Union leaders. Africans will be given language training and their academic qualifications recognised by European employers as part of measures to help people to migrate legally to the continent. Thousands of students and academics will be given help through expanded scholarship schemes, according to leaked proposals.




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