Press Review 15 October 2018

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Tags: africa; xenophobia human mobility refugees;migrants

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Students tackle red tape around work permits 11 October 2018

Strategies to stay on in South Africa following graduation from the University of Cape Town (UCT) was the subject of an address by immigration lawyer Gary Eisenberg, who unpacked the details of a new ministerial directive in respect of securing permanent residence for international students. International students from UCT and tertiary institutions countrywide could benefit from Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s recent announcement that allows anyone with a degree from a South African institution “in a critical skill” to immediately apply for permanent residence following graduation.

Public platform launched to monitor incidents of xenophobia 12 October 2018

The public can now report xenophobic threats or violence on Xenowatch, a platform that is an open source system for collecting information, visualization and interactive mapping that allows crowd sourcing of xenophobic-related incidents. The platform is developed by the African Centre for Migration and Society working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

New visa rules could see long-term foreign residents having to leave South Africa 5 October 2018

Changes to new immigrant legislation could mean that many long-term foreign residents are no longer eligible to remain in South Africa. In a column for the Mail & Guardian, immigration attorney Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi, said that the new legislation is likely to implemented in the next few months. However, many provisions are still vague with little understanding of the possible impacts, she said.

Poverty Contributes To Divisions With African Migrants  5 October 2018
After having witnessed an upsurge in xenophobic attacks in 2015, an Eritrean former shopkeeper and now a PhD candidate in the school of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Aaron Tesfai became an activist. He shared his experiences as a shopkeeper and an activist with the Daily Vox.

Beware the new migrant legislation 5 October 2018

Changes to new immigrant legislation could mean that many long-term residents are no longer eligible to remain in South Africa. All indications are that the new law may be implemented in the next few months, but many provisions are vague and potentially ill-considered. The new white paper on international migration, which appears to be close to adoption, could significantly change the landscape.

Xenophobia vs effective border management: distinguishing fact from fear mongering 5 October 2018

South Africa can become a model of development in Africa and the rest of the world. This vision will be impeded by the country’s inability to implement effective border management, allowing it to accurately record and monitor the movement of people and goods across its borders as well as ensure the safety and security of all who choose to live, work and play here.


Returning to an occupied house 11 October 2018

After having spent four years as a refugee in Cameroon, Ladifa and her family returned home to western Central African Republic (CAR), only to find their house occupied by another resident. Since 2013, violence between armed groups in CAR has led to massive displacements. Every fourth person in the country have been displaced. Sosso-Nakombo is a small town in the south-west of the country, a few days walk from Cameroon. Over the past years, many of its Muslim residents have fled from attacks by armed groups and crossed into the neighbouring country for safety. Since the beginning of 2018, the situation has slowly calmed down, and many families have decided to come back.

Notes for Understanding African Migration 4 October 2018

This past summer, one could not help but wonder as the leaders of Europe and Africa, in separate meetings, seemed to talk past one another as they sought to deal with what has become one of the most significant—if not the single most important—challenge in the relations between those countries north of the Mediterranean Sea and those located along the southern shore of the old Mare Nostrum and their neighbors farther down on the continent.

The Psychological Needs of Resettled Refugee Women 10 October 2018

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege. This award brings much needed attention to the human rights abuses encountered by women in war-torn countries. Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants. She subsequently led a campaign highlighting the plight of the Yazidi people. Mukwege is a gynecologist in the Democratic Republic of Congo and founder of the Mukwege Foundation. Along with his colleagues, he has attended to the needs of women in warzones, has treated thousands of victims of sexual violence, and is working tirelessly to end sexual violence as a weapon of war.

CinemArena in Africa seeks to inform migrants about risks 11 October 2018

A project by the Italian Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration and the Italian Interior Ministry, aims to educate potential migrants in small villages in Africa about the dangers of undertaking the migrant journey. The project, CinemArena, uses film as the medium for raising awareness.


Cities Need to Welcome—Not Resist—Refugees 2 October 2018

Venezuela´s monumental political and economic crisis is threatening to bring cities across Latin America to their knees. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans—roughly 7 percent of the country´s population—have fled since 2014. Many are seeking sanctuary in towns and cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. At one point earlier this year, up to 5,000 asylum seekers and forced migrants were crossing the Venezuelan border every day; many of them ended up on the streets of South America´s poorest border towns, which are ill-prepared to handle them.

How many people are on the move around the world? 11 October 2018

Migrants, expats, asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) — what are the differences? These are loaded words because they often suggest a backstory or motive that may be inaccurate. According to the 1951 United Nations refugee convention, the difference between refugees and asylum seekers is clear. An asylum seeker has left their country and is seeking protection from persecution. A refugee has already received such protection.

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