Press Review 15 November 2016

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

Image credit: Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa


Draft policy to improve lives of refugees in SA

eNCA, 29 October 2016

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says a draft policy document on international migration will help protect asylum seekers. While the department recently came under fire for the document, it says it’s necessary for improving the current system. One of the proposals is to open asylum processing centres at borders, but human rights organisations are concerned this will leave refugee’s open to abuse. They also say refugee offices face backlogs, which is conducive to corruption.

Riot police called in after fatal shooting of foreign national in Durban

eNCA, 11 November 2016

Riot police had to be called in to disperse a group of about 40 men who tried to storm the Durban Central Police Station after a foreign national was shot during a scuffle with detectives. Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said on Friday that a case of common robbery had been opened, as well as an inquest docket. She said that two detectives investigating a robbery case had on Thursday evening gone to St Andrews Street in Durban with a suspect, who was to point out where he had sold the phone. On arrival, the two officers and the suspect were surrounded and attacked by a group of men. During the struggle a shot was fired, killing one of the men believed to be a foreign national.


Uganda: Experts to Meet in Kampala Over Migration Policy

allAfrica, 29 October 2016

Countries in eastern Africa are moving to domesticate the regional migration policy in the wake of a rise in the flow of immigrants from the region to Europe. The recent visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Ethiopia, where the flow of migrants from the region to Europe was a key agenda, has given more impetus to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) partner states to review and harmonise their migration policies.

They don’t like us in this country – refugee

IOL, 30 October 2016

Imani* tightly embraces her younger Congolese sister. Their tears of angst and joy 
reuniting their shattered sisterly bonds. Their despair of more than a decade of forced separation gradually gives way to hope, to life. In fear of losing each other again, the sisters clutch on to each other,
weeping incessantly. Their pain and happiness permeates the sombre ambience of the Chinyabuguma group of refugees and migrants from Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Memories of loss of loved ones aroused: the collective pathos of the DRC diaspora sombrely infuses the sweltering January 2016 summer day in Maitland, Cape Town.

South Sudan Crisis Strains Uganda’s Exemplary Refugee Welcome

Refugees Deeply, 2 November 2016

Uganda is celebrated around the world for providing refugees with the land and resources to become self-sufficient. But war in South Sudan is putting pressure on that model, leaving the most vulnerable struggling to survive, reports Carolyn Thompson from Uganda.

Nigerian migrants struggle to leave Europe for home

News24, 4 November 2016

Mike hasn’t told any of his friends or family that he’s left France, even though he’s been back in Nigeria for nearly six months. “They’d say I was mad,” he said. The 25-year-old returned to Benin City in Nigeria’s south, more than 1000km from the region where he grew up – and far from the uncle who paid over the odds to get him to Paris.  For Mike, Europe stopped being a promised land when he was refused leave to stay. He still has the letter from the authorities which turned his world upside down.

Uganda: Over 190,000 South Sudan Refugees Hit By Water Shortage

allAfrica, 7 November 2016

At least 190,000 South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi Camp, in Yumbe District are facing an acute water shortage, a situation that has worsened the dire living conditions in the settlement. The refugees fled from various tribal clashes and security volatility especially in the Eastern Equatorial towns of Yei and Nimule. Mr Taban Saverino, a refugee says the water being supplied by agencies like OXFAM is not enough because of the big number of refugees.

UN: Over 1.3m South Sudanese have fled from home

Africa Review, 12 November 2016

More than 10 per cent of South Sudan’s 11.3 million people have fled the country in a mass exodus that was now accelerating, the United Nations reports. In addition to the nearly 1.3 million South Sudanese living in refugee camps, about 1.6 million more have been displaced inside the country, the UN says. Some 200,000 were sheltering in or near UN peacekeepers’ bases. About 40 per cent of South Sudan’s remaining inhabitants were facing impending famine, the UN’s food agencies warn.

Who can stop the threat of genocide in South Sudan?

IRIN, 14 November 2016

The alarm has been raised over the threat of genocide in South Sudan, with civilians increasingly targeted and persecuted in a scorched earth counter-insurgency campaign waged by government forces and their allies in the southern region of Equatoria. After a visit to the southwestern town of Yei, Adama Dieng, the UN secretary-general’s special adviser on preventing genocide, warned on Friday that in the prevailing climate of violence and intolerance, there was “the potential for genocide”. “Even on the day I visited,” he told a media briefing, “I saw families packing up the few belongings they have left and waiting on the side of the road for transport – either to Juba [the capital] or to neighbouring Uganda for refuge.” Dieng said the gravity of the situation “merits immediate intervention – a full-scale fact-finding investigation and enhanced humanitarian support”.


Germany boosts aid to UN in Africa to deter Europe-bound migration

EyeWitness News, 7 November 2016

The extra funding lifts Germany’s total contribution to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to €298 million for 2016. Germany on Monday pledged a €61-million hike in funding for United Nations relief operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous odysseys to Europe, which has struggled to absorb an influx of migrants since last year. The extra funding lifts Germany’s total contribution to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to €298 million for 2016, Foreign Ministry officials said. Its total humanitarian budget for 2016 was €1.28 billion, up from just €105 million in 2012.

‘In our world, you’re either born with the right passport or not’

Mail & Guardian, 9 November 2016

A few weeks ago, French President François Hollande announced the “Calais Jungle” refugee camp would be dismantled, leaving thousands of destitute refugees, including unaccompanied minors, in northern France with nowhere to go. Although many have since been able to submit an asylum claim, it still remains that for months on end these refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea relied on the help of small-scale NGOs and the public, with no assistance from the French government. Amélie Jacques, a famous French blogger who grew up in Paris and Rome, has lived in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and now resides in Soweto, South Africa. Following the tense situation with refugees in Calais, in a short essay on her blog “Ubuntu” she voiced her concerns about the French government’s harsh policies limiting refugees’ entrance into the country.

UN laments low funding for South Sudan refugees

Africa Review, 9 November 2016

The Refugee Response Plan for South Sudan has only attracted 19 per cent funding so far, the UN says. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said in its weekly brief it had received only $48.5 million out of the $251 million required to address the humanitarian needs. It said the low funding was impeding the efforts to meet the rapidly growing needs of the South Sudanese refugees in the neighbouring countries.




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