Press Review 20 June 2017

Date Published:
Published by:
Tags: Africa Europe migration managment migration policy refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees

Image credit:


South Africa: Refugees Struggle to Renew Papers At Home Affairs 15 june 2017

Asylum seekers from Somalia face unexplained delays and shabby treatment at the foreshore office. A number of refugees from Somalia say they keep getting turned away at the Customs House foreshore offices of Home Affairs when trying to renew their documents. This after they had travelled all the way from Pretoria, since Home Affairs only allows people to renew their documents at the place they first applied for refugee status in South Africa.

An open letter to the Mom that gave birth at Park Station we all need to read 7 June 2017

Two South African women wrote an open letter to the Mom that gave birth at Park Station after three hospitals turned her away. We are embarrased. We are ashamed. We are sorry, the letter reads.

South Africa: Xenophobia Fears – ‘Fewer African Students Enrolling At SA Universities’ 9 june 2017

Fewer African students are coming to universities in South Africa due to xenophobia fears and long visa delays – and it could be affecting the future rating of our universities, an academic has said. Professor Maxi Schoeman from the University of Pretoria said the Faculty of Humanities alone has received 200 fewer applications in 2017 for postgraduate studies. On average the faculty, of which she is deputy dean, gets more than 1000 applications per year.

Undocumented children in SA: Averting the coming catastrophe 12 june 2017

Just days before the start of Child Protection Week 2017, a physiotherapist in Soweto made the horror discovery of a nine-year-old disabled boy, naked, rat bitten, covered in faeces and starving to death, one of 14 living in a tiny shack. He is the face of undocumented children in Gauteng, he is the reason why we can no longer ignore the problem.

Why South Africa’s Border Management Authority Act will face implementation challenges 12 June 2017

The Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill, formerly called the Border Management Agency Bill was finally passed in Parliament on the 8th June 2017. The BMA Act’s main aim is to provide a single authority that will tighten the country’s border by preventing illicit trade of goods and services, as well as illegal immigration. While the BMA Act’s intended function is plausible, there are several problems that it might create for South Africa. For instance, the funding required to establish the BMA will be exceptionally costly. Another problem the Act creates is that it will most likely create a disconnect between the policy makers in line Departments in Pretoria and the enforcement that occurs at the border, writes Tinashe Kapuya.

Gender Refugees and Border Lines: An Interview with Dr. B Camminga

B Camminga, a 2016-17 Next Generation Social Sciences Completion Fellow, studies transgender refugees establishing a new life in South Africa. B’s experience as a transgender person informs and personalizes this research on a complex pairing of crossed boundary lines. With support from the Social Science Research Council, B completed a dissertation entitled “Bodies over Borders and Borders over Bodies: The ‘Gender Refugee’ and the Imagined South Africa.” B received their doctorate from the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town.


Sharp Increase in Money Migrants Send Home Lifts Millions Out of Poverty – UN Report 14 june 2017

A dramatic up tic in the amount of money migrants send home to their families in developing countries is helping to lift millions out of poverty, according to a new report out today from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Liberia: ‘We Must Integrate the Diaspora in Our Policies On Migration’ 8 june 2017

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Liberia’s experience throughout the long-protracted conflict, when the state could not meet the basic needs of the Liberian people, provided the opportunity for Liberians in the Diaspora to send millions of the United States dollars as remittances to sustain their families. Therefore, she said, “we must integrate the Diaspora in our policies on migration.”

Why migration from west Africa may start to slow

The 17 june2017

For 165 Senegalese, the journey of a lifetime ended in a fluorescent-lit, green-carpeted barn at the edge of Dakar’s international airport. Dressed uniformly in new white sneakers and hoodies reading “RISING” in large letters, they perched on plastic chairs and ate their first meal back on home soil out of foil containers. They had just returned from Tripoli, in Libya, on a flight put on by the International Organisation for Migration, a UN body.West Africans now realise that migrating to Europe is not easy—but for some the appeal will never fade.

Africa eyes green jobs to fight radicalisation and stem migration to Europe 16 june 2017

“We need to focus on policies that reinvigorate agriculture, to make it more attractive for young people,” Noah Auta Dauda of Nigeria’s interior ministry told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “We want our youths to look inward, rather than towards Europe.” The presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and ministers from several other African nations met on Thursday in Ouagadougou to discuss sustainability and security on the continent, and the need to create land-based jobs for the booming youth population. African governments have pledged to restore degraded land, invest in agriculture and create “green jobs” for young people in a drive to tackle youth unemployment, fight against radicalisation, and stem the tide of migration to Europe.


Catholic Bishops renew pledge to fight Trump-backed immigration proposals 15 june2017

Taking stock of their efforts over the past six months to combat some Trump administration attempts to crack down on undocumented people living in the United States, US Catholic bishops meeting in Indianapolis, pledged to be more proactive in laying out a vision for a more comprehensive immigration reform policy.

Don’t close borders, manage them: how to improve EU policy on migration through Libya 15 june 2017

Two years after the start of the refugee crisis, migration flows via Libya to Europe are increasing, while deaths in the Mediterranean have skyrocketed. Current policies have failed to reduce the number of migrants reaching Europe’s shores, writes Matia Toaldo EU and its member states need to rethink their basic assumptions about migration and break popular taboos about the movement of people if they are going to reduce flows. The first step is to cast away the idea that borders can be completely closed to economic migrants.



Tags: Africa    Europe    migration managment    migration policy    refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees   

Categorised in: Press Review