Press Review 15 March 2018

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

Image credit: Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa

NATIONAL

The Regularization of Zimbabwean Migrants: a Case of Permanent Temporariness

linkedin.com/pulse 09 March 2018

In South Africa, the increase in asylum claims led the Department of Home Affairs to implement restrictive practices and policies, stemming both physical access at the border and at the refugee reception offices, as well as access to protection in adjudication procedures. In response to this crisis, one policy adopted in 2010 to ease the pressure on the asylum system was the implementation of a large regularization program for Zimbabwean nationals, the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project – or ‘DZP’ – allowing Zimbabwean holders of this special permit to work, conduct business and study in South Africa.

SIHMA Associate director Sergio Carciotto probes the question about what rights migrants should receive after their admission, and how these rights should change over time.

Deportation fear for refugees in Home Affairs dilemma

iol.co.za/dailynews 7 March 2018

Since May last year, refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have gone back to the Home Affairs offices every two months, only to be told they would have to return because there were no interpreters to assist them.  More than 1 000 refugees desperately awaiting citizenship documentation, are living in fear that they will be deported to their war-ravaged countries if the Department of Home Affairs does not get its house in order.

Why South Africa’s Undocumented Teens Are Dropping Out of School

newsdeeply.com 7 March 2018

Thousands of undocumented children in South Africa have been unable to graduate since a government directive last summer. Advocates argue they’re being punished for their parents’ actions. Mxolisi Ncube meets migrant students whose professional dreams have been dashed.

The implication for South African society is the creation of a significant population of undocumented youth who, if documented, could be actively contributing to the South African economy and society,” says Sindisiwe Moyo, the advocacy officer at Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.

Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights calls on SA government to appoint trained professionals to process applications dealing with asylum seekers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

ichr.up.ac.za 5 March 2018

Granting asylum seekers refugee status on the basis of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation in Africa – best practice or just best laws from South Africa?

Following a seminar organised by the Centre for Human Rights(CHR), which revealed the difficulties of asylum seekers in South Africa applying for refugee status on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Centre calls on the South African government to appoint trained professionals to process applications in a sensitive manner and in an environment that protects the privacy and dignity of applicants, with a view to achieving a humane yet thorough and expedited process.

Ethiopian immigrants’ long battle to be heard

channel24.co.za 15 February 2018

It’s about 5am on a dark Tuesday morning. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants jostle to be first in the queue at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria. Most have come to renew their asylum seeker documentation; others are new arrivals hoping to apply for asylum seeker status.

Kadir Godana, 26, said he had fled Ethiopia after being imprisoned for almost three years. He said he was arrested because he supported the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) at a protest. “The Ethiopian government killed my brother and my cousin in a shoot-out because they were part of OLF,” said Godana.

He travelled from Ethiopia to South Africa by hiding in the back of a truck. He paid bribes at about six different borders passing through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Since his arrival in South Africa, Godana said, he had been to the refugee centre to apply for asylum seeker documentation about seven times but had never managed to get in.

When GroundUp met him at the centre, he was trying again. He said he would have to pay a bribe. “Everyone knows you have to come here with money otherwise you will never get in,” he said.

Lawyers for DRC family go to court over right to SA citizenship

businesslive.co.za 5 March 2018

A couple originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have found themselves stateless after renouncing their citizenship in order to be naturalised as South Africans.

While one of their children has been granted South African citizenship‚ the youngest child, who was born in 2017, failed to gain the same status and may not be able to access services offered by public facilities in SA.

REGIONAL

Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis

aljazeera.com 1 March 2018

Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis. They cross the dangerous waters of Lake Albert into Uganda in search of safety and respite from the violence.

Why isn’t AIPAC talking about Israel’s African refugee crisis?

forward.com/opinion 6 March 2018

In late February, the Jewish Agency joined a long list of groups opposed to Israel’s deportation of African asylum-seekers. Its board urged that Israel should grant legal status to 500 young people who had grown up in Israel and asked Jerusalem to ensure that “every migrant has an opportunity to apply for asylum and receive transparent due process in the examination of their application.”

Several days later, AIPAC’s policy conference opened in Washington. Absent from the gathering’s agenda was an attempt to constructively address the growing controversy over Israel’s announcement in February that it seeks to deport more than 20,000 asylum-seekers. This was a missed opportunity for pro-Israel voices to work with Jerusalem to help come up with humane plan that would satisfy the desires of the asylum-seekers, Israel’s current government and Diaspora critics who abhor the deportations.

Fearing deportation, Burundi refugees quit DRC for Rwanda

news24.com 7 March 2018

A group of 2 500 Burundian refugees, fearing repatriation to their home country, moved on Wednesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Rwanda, a spokesperson said. The refugees belong to an obscure Catholic sect that follows a female prophet called Zebiya and claim to have fled their homeland due to religious persecution.

Resettlement Program Suspended for African Refugees in Niger

voanews.com/ 7 March 2018

The U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them. In November, Niger agreed to accept, on a transit basis, Africans evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency from Libya for resettlement in third countries. The UNHCR says it has managed to evacuate 1,400 from Libya since December.

INTERNATIONAL

America Shuts the Schoolhouse Door on Refugees

project-syndicate.org/ytimes.com  9 March 2018

No international institution has done as much for children’s schooling on the ground for as long as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). And yet, no international organization has suffered an overnight funding cut as devastating as the one UNRWA now faces, after 70 years of serving the displaced and the desolate.

Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

chathamhouse.org 9 March 2018

‘Protecting children on the move starts with better data.’ Those are the words of a statement recently released by UNICEF. It goes on to say that ‘reliable, timely and accessible data are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programmes to meet their needs’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

The Regularization of Zimbabwean Migrants: a Case of Permanent Temporariness
linkedin.com/pulse 09 March 2018

In South Africa, the increase in asylum claims led the Department of Home Affairs to implement restrictive practices and policies, stemming both physical access at the border and at the refugee reception offices, as well as access to protection in adjudication procedures. In response to this crisis, one policy adopted in 2010 to ease the pressure on the asylum system was the implementation of a large regularization program for Zimbabwean nationals, the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project – or ‘DZP’ – allowing Zimbabwean holders of this special permit to work, conduct business and study in South Africa.

SIHMA Associate director Sergio Carciotto probes the question about what rights migrants should receive after their admission, and how these rights should change over time.

http://bit.ly/2oVejcz

 

Deportation fear for refugees in Home Affairs dilemma
iol.co.za/dailynews 7 March 2018

Since May last year, refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have gone back to the Home Affairs offices every two months, only to be told they would have to return because there were no interpreters to assist them.

More than 1 000 refugees desperately awaiting citizenship documentation, are living in fear that they will be deported to their war-ravaged countries if the Department of Home Affairs does not get its house in order.

 

http://bit.ly/2FJMcXc

 

Why South Africa’s Undocumented Teens Are Dropping Out of School
newsdeeply.com 7 March 2018

Thousands of undocumented children in South Africa have been unable to graduate since a government directive last summer. Advocates argue they’re being punished for their parents’ actions. Mxolisi Ncube meets migrant students whose professional dreams have been dashed.

The implication for South African society is the creation of a significant population of undocumented youth who, if documented, could be actively contributing to the South African economy and society,” says Sindisiwe Moyo, the advocacy officer at Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.

 

http://bit.ly/2DfTCw0

 

Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights calls on SA government to appoint trained professionals to process applications dealing with asylum seekers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
ichr.up.ac.za 5 March 2018

Granting asylum seekers refugee status on the basis of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation in Africa – best practice or just best laws from South Africa?

Following a seminar organised by the Centre for Human Rights(CHR), which revealed the difficulties of asylum seekers in South Africa applying for refugee status on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Centre calls on the South African government to appoint trained professionals to process applications in a sensitive manner and in an environment that protects the privacy and dignity of applicants, with a view to achieving a humane yet thorough and expedited process.

 

http://bit.ly/2HiBfsM

Ethiopian immigrants’ long battle to be heard
channel24.co.za 15 February 2018

It’s about 5am on a dark Tuesday morning. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants jostle to be first in the queue at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria. Most have come to renew their asylum seeker documentation; others are new arrivals hoping to apply for asylum seeker status.

Kadir Godana, 26, said he had fled Ethiopia after being imprisoned for almost three years. He said he was arrested because he supported the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) at a protest. “The Ethiopian government killed my brother and my cousin in a shoot-out because they were part of OLF,” said Godana.

He travelled from Ethiopia to South Africa by hiding in the back of a truck. He paid bribes at about six different borders passing through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Since his arrival in South Africa, Godana said, he had been to the refugee centre to apply for asylum seeker documentation about seven times but had never managed to get in.

When GroundUp met him at the centre, he was trying again. He said he would have to pay a bribe. “Everyone knows you have to come here with money otherwise you will never get in,” he said.

 

http://bit.ly/2oYgFqV

Lawyers for DRC family go to court over right to SA citizenship
businesslive.co.za 5 March 2018

A couple originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have found themselves stateless after renouncing their citizenship in order to be naturalised as South Africans.

While one of their children has been granted South African citizenship‚ the youngest child, who was born in 2017, failed to gain the same status and may not be able to access services offered by public facilities in SA.

 

http://bit.ly/2oYzAlx

 

 

 

REGIONAL

 

Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis

aljazeera.com 1 March 2018

Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis.

They cross the dangerous waters of Lake Albert into Uganda in search of safety and respite from the violence.

 

http://bit.ly/2FHfyDb

Why isn`t AIPAC talking about Israel`s African refugee crisis?

forward.com/opinion 6 March 2018

In late February, the Jewish Agency joined a long list of groups opposed to Israel’s deportation of African asylum-seekers. Its board urged that Israel should grant legal status to 500 young people who had grown up in Israel and asked Jerusalem to ensure that “every migrant has an opportunity to apply for asylum and receive transparent due process in the examination of their application.”

Several days later, AIPAC’s policy conference opened in Washington. Absent from the gathering’s agenda was an attempt to constructively address the growing controversy over Israel’s announcement in February that it seeks to deport more than 20,000 asylum-seekers. This was a missed opportunity for pro-Israel voices to work with Jerusalem to help come up with humane plan that would satisfy the desires of the asylum-seekers, Israel’s current government and Diaspora critics who abhor the deportations.

 

http://bit.ly/2FpExOL

 

Fearing deportation, Burundi refugees quit DRC for Rwanda

news24.com 7 March 2018

A group of 2 500 Burundian refugees, fearing repatriation to their home country, moved on Wednesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Rwanda, a spokesperson said.

The refugees belong to an obscure Catholic sect that follows a female prophet called Zebiya and claim to have fled their homeland due to religious persecution.

 

http://bit.ly/2p1j5Fp

Resettlement Program Suspended for African Refugees in Niger

voanews.com/ 7 March 2018

The U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them.

In November, Niger agreed to accept, on a transit basis, Africans evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency from Libya for resettlement in third countries. The UNHCR says it has managed to evacuate 1,400 from Libya since December.

 

http://bit.ly/2oUltO6

INTERNATIONAL

America Shuts the Schoolhouse Door on Refugees

project-syndicate.org/ytimes.com  9 March 2018

No international institution has done as much for children’s schooling on the ground for as long as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). And yet, no international organization has suffered an overnight funding cut as devastating as the one UNRWA now faces, after 70 years of serving the displaced and the desolate.

http://bit.ly/2IfJyaj

 

Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

chathamhouse.org 9 March 2018

‘Protecting children on the move starts with better data.’ Those are the words of a statement recently released by UNICEF. It goes on to say that ‘reliable, timely and accessible data are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programmes to meet their needs’.

http://bit.ly/2FBNIef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

The Regularization of Zimbabwean Migrants: a Case of Permanent Temporariness
linkedin.com/pulse 09 March 2018

In South Africa, the increase in asylum claims led the Department of Home Affairs to implement restrictive practices and policies, stemming both physical access at the border and at the refugee reception offices, as well as access to protection in adjudication procedures. In response to this crisis, one policy adopted in 2010 to ease the pressure on the asylum system was the implementation of a large regularization program for Zimbabwean nationals, the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project – or ‘DZP’ – allowing Zimbabwean holders of this special permit to work, conduct business and study in South Africa.

SIHMA Associate director Sergio Carciotto probes the question about what rights migrants should receive after their admission, and how these rights should change over time.

http://bit.ly/2oVejcz

 

Deportation fear for refugees in Home Affairs dilemma
iol.co.za/dailynews 7 March 2018

Since May last year, refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have gone back to the Home Affairs offices every two months, only to be told they would have to return because there were no interpreters to assist them.

More than 1 000 refugees desperately awaiting citizenship documentation, are living in fear that they will be deported to their war-ravaged countries if the Department of Home Affairs does not get its house in order.

 

http://bit.ly/2FJMcXc

 

Why South Africa’s Undocumented Teens Are Dropping Out of School
newsdeeply.com 7 March 2018

Thousands of undocumented children in South Africa have been unable to graduate since a government directive last summer. Advocates argue they’re being punished for their parents’ actions. Mxolisi Ncube meets migrant students whose professional dreams have been dashed.

The implication for South African society is the creation of a significant population of undocumented youth who, if documented, could be actively contributing to the South African economy and society,” says Sindisiwe Moyo, the advocacy officer at Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.

 

http://bit.ly/2DfTCw0

 

Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights calls on SA government to appoint trained professionals to process applications dealing with asylum seekers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
ichr.up.ac.za 5 March 2018

Granting asylum seekers refugee status on the basis of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation in Africa – best practice or just best laws from South Africa?

Following a seminar organised by the Centre for Human Rights(CHR), which revealed the difficulties of asylum seekers in South Africa applying for refugee status on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Centre calls on the South African government to appoint trained professionals to process applications in a sensitive manner and in an environment that protects the privacy and dignity of applicants, with a view to achieving a humane yet thorough and expedited process.

 

http://bit.ly/2HiBfsM

Ethiopian immigrants’ long battle to be heard
channel24.co.za 15 February 2018

It’s about 5am on a dark Tuesday morning. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants jostle to be first in the queue at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria. Most have come to renew their asylum seeker documentation; others are new arrivals hoping to apply for asylum seeker status.

Kadir Godana, 26, said he had fled Ethiopia after being imprisoned for almost three years. He said he was arrested because he supported the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) at a protest. “The Ethiopian government killed my brother and my cousin in a shoot-out because they were part of OLF,” said Godana.

He travelled from Ethiopia to South Africa by hiding in the back of a truck. He paid bribes at about six different borders passing through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Since his arrival in South Africa, Godana said, he had been to the refugee centre to apply for asylum seeker documentation about seven times but had never managed to get in.

When GroundUp met him at the centre, he was trying again. He said he would have to pay a bribe. “Everyone knows you have to come here with money otherwise you will never get in,” he said.

 

http://bit.ly/2oYgFqV

Lawyers for DRC family go to court over right to SA citizenship
businesslive.co.za 5 March 2018

A couple originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have found themselves stateless after renouncing their citizenship in order to be naturalised as South Africans.

While one of their children has been granted South African citizenship‚ the youngest child, who was born in 2017, failed to gain the same status and may not be able to access services offered by public facilities in SA.

 

http://bit.ly/2oYzAlx

 

 

 

REGIONAL

 

Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis

aljazeera.com 1 March 2018

Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis.

They cross the dangerous waters of Lake Albert into Uganda in search of safety and respite from the violence.

 

http://bit.ly/2FHfyDb

Why isn`t AIPAC talking about Israel`s African refugee crisis?

forward.com/opinion 6 March 2018

In late February, the Jewish Agency joined a long list of groups opposed to Israel’s deportation of African asylum-seekers. Its board urged that Israel should grant legal status to 500 young people who had grown up in Israel and asked Jerusalem to ensure that “every migrant has an opportunity to apply for asylum and receive transparent due process in the examination of their application.”

Several days later, AIPAC’s policy conference opened in Washington. Absent from the gathering’s agenda was an attempt to constructively address the growing controversy over Israel’s announcement in February that it seeks to deport more than 20,000 asylum-seekers. This was a missed opportunity for pro-Israel voices to work with Jerusalem to help come up with humane plan that would satisfy the desires of the asylum-seekers, Israel’s current government and Diaspora critics who abhor the deportations.

 

http://bit.ly/2FpExOL

 

Fearing deportation, Burundi refugees quit DRC for Rwanda

news24.com 7 March 2018

A group of 2 500 Burundian refugees, fearing repatriation to their home country, moved on Wednesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Rwanda, a spokesperson said.

The refugees belong to an obscure Catholic sect that follows a female prophet called Zebiya and claim to have fled their homeland due to religious persecution.

 

http://bit.ly/2p1j5Fp

Resettlement Program Suspended for African Refugees in Niger

voanews.com/ 7 March 2018

The U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them.

In November, Niger agreed to accept, on a transit basis, Africans evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency from Libya for resettlement in third countries. The UNHCR says it has managed to evacuate 1,400 from Libya since December.

 

http://bit.ly/2oUltO6

INTERNATIONAL

America Shuts the Schoolhouse Door on Refugees

project-syndicate.org/ytimes.com  9 March 2018

No international institution has done as much for children’s schooling on the ground for as long as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). And yet, no international organization has suffered an overnight funding cut as devastating as the one UNRWA now faces, after 70 years of serving the displaced and the desolate.

http://bit.ly/2IfJyaj

 

Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

chathamhouse.org 9 March 2018

‘Protecting children on the move starts with better data.’ Those are the words of a statement recently released by UNICEF. It goes on to say that ‘reliable, timely and accessible data are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programmes to meet their needs’.

http://bit.ly/2FBNIef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

The Regularization of Zimbabwean Migrants: a Case of Permanent Temporariness
linkedin.com/pulse 09 March 2018

In South Africa, the increase in asylum claims led the Department of Home Affairs to implement restrictive practices and policies, stemming both physical access at the border and at the refugee reception offices, as well as access to protection in adjudication procedures. In response to this crisis, one policy adopted in 2010 to ease the pressure on the asylum system was the implementation of a large regularization program for Zimbabwean nationals, the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project – or ‘DZP’ – allowing Zimbabwean holders of this special permit to work, conduct business and study in South Africa.

SIHMA Associate director Sergio Carciotto probes the question about what rights migrants should receive after their admission, and how these rights should change over time.

http://bit.ly/2oVejcz

 

Deportation fear for refugees in Home Affairs dilemma
iol.co.za/dailynews 7 March 2018

Since May last year, refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have gone back to the Home Affairs offices every two months, only to be told they would have to return because there were no interpreters to assist them.

More than 1 000 refugees desperately awaiting citizenship documentation, are living in fear that they will be deported to their war-ravaged countries if the Department of Home Affairs does not get its house in order.

 

http://bit.ly/2FJMcXc

 

Why South Africa’s Undocumented Teens Are Dropping Out of School
newsdeeply.com 7 March 2018

Thousands of undocumented children in South Africa have been unable to graduate since a government directive last summer. Advocates argue they’re being punished for their parents’ actions. Mxolisi Ncube meets migrant students whose professional dreams have been dashed.

The implication for South African society is the creation of a significant population of undocumented youth who, if documented, could be actively contributing to the South African economy and society,” says Sindisiwe Moyo, the advocacy officer at Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.

 

http://bit.ly/2DfTCw0

 

Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights calls on SA government to appoint trained professionals to process applications dealing with asylum seekers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
ichr.up.ac.za 5 March 2018

Granting asylum seekers refugee status on the basis of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation in Africa – best practice or just best laws from South Africa?

Following a seminar organised by the Centre for Human Rights(CHR), which revealed the difficulties of asylum seekers in South Africa applying for refugee status on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Centre calls on the South African government to appoint trained professionals to process applications in a sensitive manner and in an environment that protects the privacy and dignity of applicants, with a view to achieving a humane yet thorough and expedited process.

 

http://bit.ly/2HiBfsM

Ethiopian immigrants’ long battle to be heard
channel24.co.za 15 February 2018

It’s about 5am on a dark Tuesday morning. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants jostle to be first in the queue at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria. Most have come to renew their asylum seeker documentation; others are new arrivals hoping to apply for asylum seeker status.

Kadir Godana, 26, said he had fled Ethiopia after being imprisoned for almost three years. He said he was arrested because he supported the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) at a protest. “The Ethiopian government killed my brother and my cousin in a shoot-out because they were part of OLF,” said Godana.

He travelled from Ethiopia to South Africa by hiding in the back of a truck. He paid bribes at about six different borders passing through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Since his arrival in South Africa, Godana said, he had been to the refugee centre to apply for asylum seeker documentation about seven times but had never managed to get in.

When GroundUp met him at the centre, he was trying again. He said he would have to pay a bribe. “Everyone knows you have to come here with money otherwise you will never get in,” he said.

 

http://bit.ly/2oYgFqV

Lawyers for DRC family go to court over right to SA citizenship
businesslive.co.za 5 March 2018

A couple originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have found themselves stateless after renouncing their citizenship in order to be naturalised as South Africans.

While one of their children has been granted South African citizenship‚ the youngest child, who was born in 2017, failed to gain the same status and may not be able to access services offered by public facilities in SA.

 

http://bit.ly/2oYzAlx

 

 

 

REGIONAL

 

Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis

aljazeera.com 1 March 2018

Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis.

They cross the dangerous waters of Lake Albert into Uganda in search of safety and respite from the violence.

 

http://bit.ly/2FHfyDb

Why isn`t AIPAC talking about Israel`s African refugee crisis?

forward.com/opinion 6 March 2018

In late February, the Jewish Agency joined a long list of groups opposed to Israel’s deportation of African asylum-seekers. Its board urged that Israel should grant legal status to 500 young people who had grown up in Israel and asked Jerusalem to ensure that “every migrant has an opportunity to apply for asylum and receive transparent due process in the examination of their application.”

Several days later, AIPAC’s policy conference opened in Washington. Absent from the gathering’s agenda was an attempt to constructively address the growing controversy over Israel’s announcement in February that it seeks to deport more than 20,000 asylum-seekers. This was a missed opportunity for pro-Israel voices to work with Jerusalem to help come up with humane plan that would satisfy the desires of the asylum-seekers, Israel’s current government and Diaspora critics who abhor the deportations.

 

http://bit.ly/2FpExOL

 

Fearing deportation, Burundi refugees quit DRC for Rwanda

news24.com 7 March 2018

A group of 2 500 Burundian refugees, fearing repatriation to their home country, moved on Wednesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Rwanda, a spokesperson said.

The refugees belong to an obscure Catholic sect that follows a female prophet called Zebiya and claim to have fled their homeland due to religious persecution.

 

http://bit.ly/2p1j5Fp

Resettlement Program Suspended for African Refugees in Niger

voanews.com/ 7 March 2018

The U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them.

In November, Niger agreed to accept, on a transit basis, Africans evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency from Libya for resettlement in third countries. The UNHCR says it has managed to evacuate 1,400 from Libya since December.

 

http://bit.ly/2oUltO6

INTERNATIONAL

America Shuts the Schoolhouse Door on Refugees

project-syndicate.org/ytimes.com  9 March 2018

No international institution has done as much for children’s schooling on the ground for as long as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). And yet, no international organization has suffered an overnight funding cut as devastating as the one UNRWA now faces, after 70 years of serving the displaced and the desolate.

http://bit.ly/2IfJyaj

 

Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

chathamhouse.org 9 March 2018

‘Protecting children on the move starts with better data.’ Those are the words of a statement recently released by UNICEF. It goes on to say that ‘reliable, timely and accessible data are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programmes to meet their needs’.

http://bit.ly/2FBNIef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

The Regularization of Zimbabwean Migrants: a Case of Permanent Temporariness
linkedin.com/pulse 09 March 2018

In South Africa, the increase in asylum claims led the Department of Home Affairs to implement restrictive practices and policies, stemming both physical access at the border and at the refugee reception offices, as well as access to protection in adjudication procedures. In response to this crisis, one policy adopted in 2010 to ease the pressure on the asylum system was the implementation of a large regularization program for Zimbabwean nationals, the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project – or ‘DZP’ – allowing Zimbabwean holders of this special permit to work, conduct business and study in South Africa.

SIHMA Associate director Sergio Carciotto probes the question about what rights migrants should receive after their admission, and how these rights should change over time.

http://bit.ly/2oVejcz

 

Deportation fear for refugees in Home Affairs dilemma
iol.co.za/dailynews 7 March 2018

Since May last year, refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have gone back to the Home Affairs offices every two months, only to be told they would have to return because there were no interpreters to assist them.

More than 1 000 refugees desperately awaiting citizenship documentation, are living in fear that they will be deported to their war-ravaged countries if the Department of Home Affairs does not get its house in order.

 

http://bit.ly/2FJMcXc

 

Why South Africa’s Undocumented Teens Are Dropping Out of School
newsdeeply.com 7 March 2018

Thousands of undocumented children in South Africa have been unable to graduate since a government directive last summer. Advocates argue they’re being punished for their parents’ actions. Mxolisi Ncube meets migrant students whose professional dreams have been dashed.

The implication for South African society is the creation of a significant population of undocumented youth who, if documented, could be actively contributing to the South African economy and society,” says Sindisiwe Moyo, the advocacy officer at Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.

 

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Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights calls on SA government to appoint trained professionals to process applications dealing with asylum seekers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
ichr.up.ac.za 5 March 2018

Granting asylum seekers refugee status on the basis of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation in Africa – best practice or just best laws from South Africa?

Following a seminar organised by the Centre for Human Rights(CHR), which revealed the difficulties of asylum seekers in South Africa applying for refugee status on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Centre calls on the South African government to appoint trained professionals to process applications in a sensitive manner and in an environment that protects the privacy and dignity of applicants, with a view to achieving a humane yet thorough and expedited process.

 

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Ethiopian immigrants’ long battle to be heard
channel24.co.za 15 February 2018

It’s about 5am on a dark Tuesday morning. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants jostle to be first in the queue at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria. Most have come to renew their asylum seeker documentation; others are new arrivals hoping to apply for asylum seeker status.

Kadir Godana, 26, said he had fled Ethiopia after being imprisoned for almost three years. He said he was arrested because he supported the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) at a protest. “The Ethiopian government killed my brother and my cousin in a shoot-out because they were part of OLF,” said Godana.

He travelled from Ethiopia to South Africa by hiding in the back of a truck. He paid bribes at about six different borders passing through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Since his arrival in South Africa, Godana said, he had been to the refugee centre to apply for asylum seeker documentation about seven times but had never managed to get in.

When GroundUp met him at the centre, he was trying again. He said he would have to pay a bribe. “Everyone knows you have to come here with money otherwise you will never get in,” he said.

 

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Lawyers for DRC family go to court over right to SA citizenship
businesslive.co.za 5 March 2018

A couple originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have found themselves stateless after renouncing their citizenship in order to be naturalised as South Africans.

While one of their children has been granted South African citizenship‚ the youngest child, who was born in 2017, failed to gain the same status and may not be able to access services offered by public facilities in SA.

 

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REGIONAL

 

Fleeing DRC to Uganda: Africa’s other refugee crisis

aljazeera.com 1 March 2018

Hundreds of families are risking their lives on rickety boats every day fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mirroring Europe’s migration crisis.

They cross the dangerous waters of Lake Albert into Uganda in search of safety and respite from the violence.

 

http://bit.ly/2FHfyDb

Why isn`t AIPAC talking about Israel`s African refugee crisis?

forward.com/opinion 6 March 2018

In late February, the Jewish Agency joined a long list of groups opposed to Israel’s deportation of African asylum-seekers. Its board urged that Israel should grant legal status to 500 young people who had grown up in Israel and asked Jerusalem to ensure that “every migrant has an opportunity to apply for asylum and receive transparent due process in the examination of their application.”

Several days later, AIPAC’s policy conference opened in Washington. Absent from the gathering’s agenda was an attempt to constructively address the growing controversy over Israel’s announcement in February that it seeks to deport more than 20,000 asylum-seekers. This was a missed opportunity for pro-Israel voices to work with Jerusalem to help come up with humane plan that would satisfy the desires of the asylum-seekers, Israel’s current government and Diaspora critics who abhor the deportations.

 

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Fearing deportation, Burundi refugees quit DRC for Rwanda

news24.com 7 March 2018

A group of 2 500 Burundian refugees, fearing repatriation to their home country, moved on Wednesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo to nearby Rwanda, a spokesperson said.

The refugees belong to an obscure Catholic sect that follows a female prophet called Zebiya and claim to have fled their homeland due to religious persecution.

 

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Resettlement Program Suspended for African Refugees in Niger

voanews.com/ 7 March 2018

The U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them.

In November, Niger agreed to accept, on a transit basis, Africans evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency from Libya for resettlement in third countries. The UNHCR says it has managed to evacuate 1,400 from Libya since December.

 

http://bit.ly/2oUltO6

INTERNATIONAL

America Shuts the Schoolhouse Door on Refugees

project-syndicate.org/ytimes.com  9 March 2018

No international institution has done as much for children’s schooling on the ground for as long as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). And yet, no international organization has suffered an overnight funding cut as devastating as the one UNRWA now faces, after 70 years of serving the displaced and the desolate.

http://bit.ly/2IfJyaj

 

Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

chathamhouse.org 9 March 2018

‘Protecting children on the move starts with better data.’ Those are the words of a statement recently released by UNICEF. It goes on to say that ‘reliable, timely and accessible data are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programmes to meet their needs’.

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