Press Review 28 February 2018

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Tags: migration refugees South Africa sub-saharan Africa

Image credit: Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa


Deportations from South Africa drop by 16 percent 20 February 2018

The number of Zimbabweans being deported via Beitbridge border post for violating South Africa’s immigration laws went down by 16,4 percent last year compared to 2016. Statistics from the Department of Immigration show that 13 767 people were sent home in 2016, while 11 509 were deported last year.

SA plans to repatriate children to Zimbabwe despite parents’ pleas 22 February 2018

Eight children from Zimbabwe held by authorities in South Africa for three months face being repatriated despite being claimed by their parents who live in Cape Town.The department of social development wants to repatriate the children who are in the country illegally. They were travelling on November 11‚ unaccompanied and without documents‚ from Zimbabwe to join their parents for Christmas. While on the back of truck‚ they were intercepted at a Rustenburg garage after observers assumed they were victims of human trafficking. They have been held by the department of social development for three months in Rustenburg without being granted access to their parents‚ some of whom have tried to visit.

Dear President Ramaphosa, make life more humane for our refugees 27 February 2018

An open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa to deal with the Refugees Amendment Act, which the writer says disregards the international laws on refugees and children.

Children ‘deviously’ brought to SA must be returned to Norway: court 21 February 2018

The full bench of the high court in Johannesburg has ordered that two children born of a marriage between a Norwegian father and a South African mother be returned to Norway. The couple met during the 2010 Soccer World Cup event that was hosted by South Africa.

Watch: Nomzamo Mbatha lets us in on her refugee work 15 February 2018

From hanging with ballerinas in New York City to being back on set on Isibaya, Nomzamo Mbatha always seems to be onto something. But today she’s out to inspire: waking up at 4.30am, she took to Instagram on Monday to share her work as an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Another powerful Van Graan play for Cape Town 27 February 2018

Mike van Graan’s When Swallows Cry is a trilogy of playlets around the theme of migration and, in particular, the experiences of African migrants. After premiering to critical acclaim and sold-out houses at the Market Theatre last year, Van Graan’s When Swallows Cry is part of the Baxter Theatre’s 2018 opening season of high quality productions.


Ethiopia reaffirms open-door refugee policy amid continuing refugee influx 27 February 2018

Ethiopia has reaffirmed its open-door policy for refugees that are flocking into the East African country mainly from its unsettled neighboring countries. The Ethiopian refugee agency (ARRA) said Monday that even though the country presently shelters more than 900,000 refugees, it will maintain its open door policy towards refugees and “continue to receive new arrivals from several of its neighbors, notably from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Yemen.”

African migrants are painting their faces white to stop Israel from deporting them  26 February 2018

Israel stayed true to its promise of arresting and expelling African migrants last week after it detained seven Eritreans who refused to be deported to Rwanda.To protest the deportation, inmates at the Holot prison in the Negev desert first embarked on a hunger strike. African migrants also went out into the streets, protesting in front of embassies like that of Rwanda, and hoping to pressure officials to end their expulsion. Some of those demonstrating also painted their faces white, suggesting they were being sent into danger because Israel didn’t believe their black lives mattered.

UN This couple gave up everything to help Sudanese refugees in Uganda 27 February 2018

Selling everything and moving to Uganda to work with refugees is not likely on many people’s to-do list. In fact, it’s probably the last thing most would consider, especially young couples hoping to start a family. But it’s exactly what Rachel and Rich Mastrogiacomo did last year.

Delivering on commitments: new programmes to protect migrants and support return and reintegration in Africa worth €150 million adopted 27 February 2018

The European Union is adopting today three new programmes worth over €150 million under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, directly following up on the commitments made by the Joint African Union – European Union – United Nations Task Force to address the migrant situation in Libya.


2,300 Miles to Work  27 February 2018

As our world grows increasingly fast-paced, it can be hard to find the time to stop, observe and record the changes happening around us. Trying to do just that, I teamed up to make this documentary film with the “reportage illustrator” George Butler, who has made it his work to depict some of the most important stories of our time through drawings. Fusing the intimacy of pen and ink with the vérité of cinema, we have created a work that tells a story that would be impossible to convey through either medium alone. In the past, we worked in places as remote and volatile as conflict zones in Afghanistan. With this film we wanted to create an intimate depiction of another phenomenon: contemporary migration, as people travel in search of money, opportunity and safety.

Rallies held across UK to celebrate migrants’ role in society 17 February 2018

On 16 February 2018 people gathered in Parliament Square in support of migrants in the UK as part of a wider day of action.The One Day Without Us campaign set up rallies and events across the country, from London to Edinburgh to Birmingham.The national day of action aims to celebrate the contributions of migrants in the UK and to “stand against hatred, xenophobia and intolerance”.




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