Press Review 15 October 2017

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

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NATIONAL

Migration issues highly politicized – home affairs minister

citypress.co.za 5 October 2017

Migration issues were “highly politicised” because they involved power relations and contestation for space and scarce resources, that’s according to the minister of home affairs, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. “Migration issues are highly politicized, they are about power relations among those who are migrating and the receiving countries. It’s about contestation of space and scarce resources,” she said.
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South Africa: Asylum Seekers Fear Being Returned to Zimbabwe

Groundup.org.za 3 October 2017

A Zimbabwean man, Tonderai [not his real name], his wife and three children may soon have to leave South Africa. He has lived in South Africa for over 11 years. The Department Home Affairs has given him 30 days to appeal against its decision. Tonderai left Zimbabwe when he was 23. He applied for asylum in South Africa 2006 and was granted refugee status in 2008, initially for four years.

 

South Africa: Man Terrorized for Renting Shop to a Somali

allafrica.com 11 October 2017

lvis Volosi says a burning tyre was hurled through the living room window of his house and his car was petrol bombed. The incident happened in September while he was asleep with his family. He says he will no longer rent out his shop premises to “Amandia”, the township slang for Somalis, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Ethiopians and Eritreans. “I do not want to put myself or my family in danger,” he says. Volosi says he had been warned a few days before the attack to “get rid of the Somalis”.

Asylum seekers aggrieved by visa ruling

iol.co.za 27 September 2017

Asylum seekers may no longer apply for any type of visa while they are in South Africa. They must do so before entering. So the Supreme Court of Appeal found earlier this week. The judgment comes after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize and department director-general Mkuseli Apleni appealed a previous high court ruling 
that asylum seekers were entitled to apply for visitors and work visas while in the country.

Remembering Rèmy: Chance encounters and the rights of asylum seekers

dailymaverick.co.za 04 October 2017

No one decides to flee his or her country of origin for trivial reasons. Most refugees only seek asylum in a foreign country when they are desperate. But refugees are seldom welcomed with open arms by the government and the people of the country they flee to. As a recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment demonstrates, our government is no exception.

REGIONAL

Zimbabwe: Immigration Officer Up for Extorting Refugees

newzimbabwe.com 11 October 2017

A Harare immigration officer has landed in the dock for receiving $70 from refugees in exchange of work permits. Duncan Munyanyi appeared Tuesday before magistrate Josephine Sande facing criminal abuse of office charges. He was released on $100 bail and remanded to November 3 for trial.

How to tame Africa’s immigration to European Union

nation.co.ke 09 October 2017

The illegal mass immigration is of concern to Europe as it is to Africa, which is depleted of prime-bodied youngsters ripe for nation building. Roughly 150,000 people engage in the dangerous journey every year.

Chad: Refugees On Aid Pittance Turn to Knitting and Hairdressing

Allafrica.com 11 October 2017

Humanitarian agencies are helping refugees learn new skills and set up businesses in Chadian towns, working with – and serving – local people.

Food Insecurity and Forced Displacement of People – Where Do We Draw the Line?

ipsnews.net 13 October 2017

The World Food Programme estimates that more than 100 million people worldwide face severe food insecurity. The situation is most severe in countries affected by conflict and violence including Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen affecting more than 40 million people. Another 22 million people in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Mozambique are affected by the adverse impact of climate change and environmental degradation.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Number of Displaced People Grows

pewglobal.org 12 October 2017

The U.S. has resettled more refugees than any other country – about 3 million since 1980. Generally, in years when more people around the globe are displaced by conflict, violence or persecution in their countries, the number of refugees resettled by the U.S. has increased. But in the last few years, the number of refugees annually resettled by the U.S. has not consistently grown in step with a worldwide refugee population that has expanded nearly 50% since 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and U.S. State Department data.

Mud and Hunger: Among the Desperate Rohingya Still Pouring into Bangladesh

time.com 15 October 2017

The sounds on the shore are deafening. Thousands of refugees call out for their relatives in the darkness, wading through mud to find a familiar face by the dim light of a solar-powered torch. When they have done shouting, they sit or stand on the sodden banks of a tributary of the Naf River, where they spend the night waiting for the Bangladeshi border guards to find some better place to put them. These are the newest Rohingya refugees to arrive in Bangladesh, joining more than half a million others who have fled over the past six weeks. The unprecedented exodus began after Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of state security outposts, triggering a brutal army crackdown characterized by murder, rape, and the torching of villages and homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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