Press Review 15 February

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

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Cape Town’s refugees and migrants launch a new book 07 February 2018

Through forty short biographies, the book presents the incredible life stories of those who have travelled from countries such as Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to make a home in the Mother City. In My Shoes is a reflection on their dreams, desperation and lessons learnt from migration.

“Most asylum seekers in SA are young males looking for economic opportunities”, government says 12 February 2018

The Department of Home Affairs says most refugee status appeals are not from people fleeing war-torn countries for safety, but are made by young males seeking better economic opportunities. Home affairs director of asylum seeker management Mandla Madumisa and Advocate Maemo Machete were addressing a two-day hearing by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Johannesburg.

UNHCR Special Envoy for Somalia commends South Africa for hosting Somali refugees 15 February 2018

The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation.


ADF: Home Affairs’ Comments On Asylum Seekers Are Xenophobic 13 February 2018

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) read with shock and dismay the quotes attributed to the Home Affairs Director of asylum seeker management, Mandla Madumisa and Advocate Maemo Machete during last week’s hearing by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Johannesburg. The quotes were published in the News24 dated 10 February 2018. Obviously out to save face for the institutional ill-treatment that the department of home affairs (DHA) officials continue to dish out to asylum seekers and refugees, the duo claimed that most asylum seekers are not people fleeing war-torn countries for safety, but young males seeking better economic opportunities.


Tanzania withdraws from UN refugee programme 10 February 2018

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has announced his country will pull out of the UN’s “comprehensive refugee response framework”, which provides lasting solutions for refugees, including integration into host communities. “Tanzania has decided to withdraw for reasons of security and lack of funds,” a statement said.

At least 19 refugees killed in Libyan truck crash 15 February 2018

At least 19 illegal migrants, mostly from Africa, have been killed in a truck crash in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, approximately 189 kilometres south-east of the capital Tripoli, AP reported. Another 60 were injured when the truck overturned on Wednesday. It is unclear what caused the accident with the victims hailing mostly from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan.

Innovative Clean Energy Initiatives for Refugees 12 February 2018

Isolated from the national grid and lacking reliable access to renewable power, the search for alternative energy is a struggle refugees are often confronted with. The Moving Energy Initiative (MEI) – a partnership between Energy 4 Impact, Chatham House, Practical Action, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR – is promoting pioneering approaches that involve private sector players, as well as market-oriented solutions, in order to alleviate this challenge while improving the livelihoods of refugees and host communities.

200,000 more S.Sudan refugees expected in Sudan: UN 15 February 2018

About another 200,000 South Sudanese refugees are expected to arrive in Sudan this year, fleeing fighting and food insecurity in their country, the United Nations said Thursday. South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, descended into civil war just two years after it split from the north in 2011.


Young Afghan refugees win prize for poems on their escape to Europe 9 February 2018

Six young Afghans have been awarded a poetry prize named after Else Lasker-Schüler. Words, feelings and their refugee fate — the teenage refugees have a lot in common with the famous German Jewish poet.

Exclusive: Dozens of refugee resettlement offices to close as Trump downsizes program 14 February 2018

Refugee resettlement agencies are preparing to shutter more than 20 offices across the United States and cut back operations in more than 40 others after the State Department told them to pare their operations, according to plans seen by Reuters.


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