Press Review 16 January 2017

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Immigrants picket Mashaba’s anti-immigrant comments

GroundUp, 14 December 2016

About 50 people led by the Africa Diaspora Forum (ADF) picketed outside the offices of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday. This follows comments by the mayor linking undocumented immigrants and criminality in the city. Daily Maverick quoted Mashaba saying in a news conference to mark his first 100 days in office: “Anyone who’s been in the city illegally must be prepared to face us. We are not going to tolerate illegality in our city… I’m actually declaring war against illegality in our city.” The Huffington Post reported Mashaba saying: “Anyone who is in the city illegally must be prepared to face the law. They must know we are not going to be the government that tolerates criminality.”The protesters were concerned that Mashaba’s comments could endanger immigrants in the city especially given the outbreaks of violence that have taken in place in the past decade.

OPINION:Joburg needs a clear policy to deal with illegal immigrants

The Citizen,15 December 2016

Illegal immigrants are so prevalent in the city because there has been no policy aimed at dealing with displaced people. One reason why illegal immigrants are so prevalent is there has been no policy for dealing with displaced people. Under the ANC, untold numbers have crossed our borders to settle in SA’s biggest, richest city.Sporadic attempts at applying the law have been tinged with xenophobia, and tainted by corrupt Home Affairs officials who squeeze money from the desperately poor. Despite adverse commentary, the statement resonated with some residents. Although Mashaba was discussing inner-city conditions, his message has relevance for my ward, where hundreds of Lesotho nationals, most of them without documentation, were recently moved from George Lea Park.

HIV has no borders, but its treatment does. Why this needs to change

SABC, 16 December 2016

Panashe is a 26-year-old Zimbabwean woman living with HIV. She works in a restaurant on the western peripheries of Johannesburg.She has known she is HIV positive since she was 20 years old living in Harare, Zimbabwe. This is where she started her antiretroviral treatment. She takes her antiretrovirals religiously and without problems. But this was not always the case.When Panashe moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa in 2012 as an asylum seeker, she encountered problems with her treatment. Continuing treatment in the new country was a challenging and disorienting affair.

Zimbabwe border jumpers find a way to SA despite full river

The Citizen, 1 January 2017

The festive season is over and, for a large number of Zimbabwean foreign nationals, it has been a nightmare coming back to South Africa, especially if their documentation is somewhat bogus. A KwaZulu-Natal family who had to flee their home and go into hiding, after a group of refugees they tried to help turned on them, are finally back and settled on their farm. Rae Wartnaby, her husband Andrew and their 11 children finally returned home after six months in hiding. “It is really good to be home,” Rae told News24 on Monday morning.

Xenophobia,Immigration and SA

The Citizen,1 January 2017

Africa has seen a migration pattern that is unique in that immigrants from all over the continent are irresistibly attracted to South Africa. South Africa is a young vibrant democracy known for its liberal constitution and pluralism. In the heart of Johannesburg, one can see the domination of “foreign nationals” as they are popularly known. From running small boutiques to street vending, the foreign nationals come with a clear objective to make money and survive. Many foreigners have come to close proximity with death in their war-ridden home countries and in South Africa they find peace and tranquility.  The foreign nationals, undeniably economic migrants have been receptacles of contempt from the native South Africans.

Totally out of the question’ that a third of Malawi’s population live in SA

The South African, 13 January 2017

South African television programme Carte Blanche investigated the fraught journey to South Africa many Malawians experience. But their hard-hitting figure that “almost one-third of Malawi’s population” live in South Africa is completely off-point.


CNN, 11 January 2017

Africa’s silent refugee crisis: 12.4 million on the run in their own countries

Yagana, 18, fled her village when Boko Haram attacked.With her husband killed in the ensuing violence, she now lives with her baby in one of Nigeria’s ‘widow’s houses’.She’s one of more than 40.8 million people around the world on the run in their own countries. What is internal displacement? An internally displaced person is anyone who has been forced to flee their habitual place of residence as a result of conflict, violence, development projects and natural and manmade disasters, regardless of whether or not they are a national of the country, says Bilak, citing the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

What We Can Learn From The ‘Little Mogadishu’ Migrant Hub

NewsDeeply, 7 January 2017

From the late 1980s onwards, hundreds of thousands of people have poured out of Somalia, most of them ending up in refugee camps in Kenya or Ethiopia. A significant proportion, however, came to Eastleigh, bringing economic as well as demographic change. As the real Mogadishu collapsed into conflict, Nairobi’s Little Mogadishu became what it is today: a commercial hub that draws in not only refugees, but also shoppers from as far afield as Tanzania and central Africa, and investors from the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhereEastleigh, the Somali-dominated estate in Nairobi, is testament to the benefits of migration, argues Neil Carrier of Oxford University in his new book, Eastleigh – Nairobi`s Global Somali Hub. In this extract he goes beyond the area’s dangerous image to explain the commercial hubbub.

Inside Nigeria’s internal displacement camps

CNN, 11 January 2017

Nearly 1.8 million people are estimated to live in internal displacement in Nigeria, while some 75 percent live in host communities. Many live for years in camps. Nearly 1.8 million people are estimated to live in internal displacement in Nigeria, where many live for years in one of the country’s camps. These are their stories.

Dlamini-Zuma: Let Africans move freely on the continent

Mail and Guardian, 16 December 2016

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday that the freedom of movement of African citizens on the continent would be more advantageous than detrimental. Dlamini-Zuma was delivering the AU’s State of the Continent address in Durban. She said free movement for Africans on the continent had been pioneered by Rwanda, which had seen a huge increase in its tourism and trade sectors.


Africanarguments,19 December 2017

We may have been massively overestimating the number of Chinese migrants in Africa

China’s growing presence in Africa is not news. Deepening political and economic relations between the superpower and continent have attracted intense media and policy focus for a decade. However, one crucial aspect of the Africa-China relationship – one with multiple direct and significant impacts – has attracted much less attention: the people. Large numbers of Chinese migrants have accompanied the increasingly intensive flows of Chinese goods and capital to Africa, settling all across the continent. But what do we know about them? In fact, let’s back up and ask an even more basic question: how many people are we talking about?

Germany targets migrants from North Africa

Politico, 30 December 2017

As Germans try to come to terms with the bloodiest attack on their country in decades, their government is focusing on toughening the deportation laws. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are eager to push through legislation, currently blocked by the opposition, that would declare Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria “safe countries of origin,” allowing authorities to easily reject asylum applications from nationals of those countries as “clearly unfounded.”Armin Laschet, deputy party chief of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU,) said in an email that his party wants to see an end to this parliamentary blockade in January.

Migration trends to watch in 2017

irinnnews, 21 December 2016

It’s been a tumultuous year: shock election results, the Brexit referendum, a nervy global economy, and a raft of extremist attacks – all of which have had impacts on migratory movements and the way countries have responded to them. There is no sure way of predicting where the next refugee crisis will come from, but some strong policy trends have emerged. And what is striking is how similar those policies are becoming, despite widely varying contexts. In the developed world, populist right-wing parties have successfully scapegoated migrants and refugees and convinced electorates they must be deterred at all costs. In the developing world, this has turned migrants into powerful bargaining chips that can be used by origin and transit countries to extract maximum sums of development aid and other concessions. How all this plays out in 2017 will depend to some extent on how successful moderate politicians and civil society leaders are at pushing back against policies that will do little more than deflect migratory movements from one country to another.



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