Press Review 30 April 2018

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Image credit: Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa

NATIONAL

Wait for new office far from over for CT refugees

ewn.co.za 18 April  2018

The Home Affairs Department says it’s waiting for the Public Works Department to find new premises for a refugee reception office in Cape Town. The office has been closed for almost six years. In December 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the department to open a fully functioning office. By 31 March a new refugee centre was meant to have been up and running. Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni says the department is complying with the court order.

Our constitution embraces the vulnerable’ – LRC hails refugee verdict

timeslive.co.za 25 April 2018

Constitutional Court judgment‚ which provides protection to asylum seekers who currently have their application for refugee status under review‚ has been welcomed by the Legal Resources Centre. In the Western Cape High Court‚ 29 asylum seekers‚ represented by the LRC‚ challenged the refusal of the Acting Manager of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office to renew their Section 22 asylum seeker permits pending the outcome of individual high court reviews of each of their rejected asylum applications. The case rested on the issue of what the reception office must lawfully undertake in terms of granting an extension on these permits.

Rights groups slam Home Affairs

iol.co.za 20 April  2018

Refugee rights groups have slammed the Department of Home Affairs over the reasons it provided for why the Refugee Reception Office (RRO) could not be opened in Cape Town. “Instead of complying with the court order, (Home Affairs) is pretending to be compliant when they are not, and attempting to evade responsibility by blaming the Department of Public Works for their own inaction,” said Marike Keller from Sonke Gender Justice’s policy development and advocacy unit. They have accused the department of failing to comply with the Supreme Court of Appeal order to open the centre.

Citizenship of ‘foreign children’

reviewonline.co.za 20 April 2018

The Department of Home Affairs said the basic principle of the South African Citizenship Act is that a child follows the citizenship or nationality of his or her parents.If one parent is a South African citizen, the child will be a citizen by birth, and the department says it applies the law when it determines and records the identity and status of persons.The statement follows media reports claiming that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) may probe why children born to foreign parents are not automatically awarded citizenship.The reports further allege that the SAHRC leadership is unaware that birth certificates are not issued to these children.

Zimbabweans have been returning home in droves

citizen.co.za 28 April 2018

African News Agency reports that formerly exiled Zimbabweans have been returning home in droves since the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is also considering ways to enable millions of its citizens based in other countries to cast their votes, Consul General Batiraishe Henry Mukonoweshuro told a belated Zimbabwe 38th Independence Day commemoration in Johannesburg.

Nomzamo Mbatha to give TED Talk at refugee camp

channel24.co.za 26 April 2018

Local TV personality Nomzamo Mbatha announced on Thursday that she will be a part of the first TED Talk event to take place at a refugee camp.The star, who recently visited refugee camps in Kenya, will be a speaker at the function which will take place at the Kakuma refugee camp on 9 June.

REGIONAL

Kids of Kakuma

pulitzercenter.org 15 April 2018

Wild animals roamed at night, but Rose Peter and the 19 other children she was with still managed to sleep in the bush. In daylight, they walked. “One week,” Rose tells me when I ask how long the trip took. She says they set off alone from South Sudan to Kenya. (Their parents came later.) Aid workers picked them up at the border and drove them two hours south to Kakuma refugee camp. That was in 2014. Rose has lived here ever since.

At This Refugee Camp, Residents Are Replanting 40,000 Trees 

fastcompany.com 28 April 2018

When refugees from Nigeria first started arriving at the Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon, fleeing from Boko Haram, the area was surrounded by trees. As the camp’s population swelled to more than 60,000 people, thousands of those trees have now been cut down for firewood for cooking. At least one hectare of forest–an area about the size of a city block in Manhattan–is typically cut down per person per year in Cameroon for use as firewood or to make charcoal.

Kenya: Red Cross Worried As Floods Displace More Families in Kilifi

allafrica.com 26 April 2018

The number of flood victims in Kilifi County might shoot to about 18,000 people, the Kenya Red Cross Society has said.This is after River Sabaki, which stretches from Athi River, broke its banks following the ongoing rains.About 3,000 people in Kakuyuni, Garashi and Sabaki wards are already homeless and are in dire need of help.

Floods Displace Thousands People in Central Somalia

Thousands of Somali families have been left homeless following continued flooding in parts of Beledweyne, the regional capital of Somalia’s Hiran region over the past days.Hiran deputy governor for Social affairs, Sheikh Hussein Osman told Radio Shabelle that the 5,000 people fled from different suburbs of the city due to the flash floods.

INTERNATIONAL

Could walking offer a path to more ethical migration research?

opendemocracy.net 25 April 2018

The mass movement of people across borders has been one of the defining features of the 20th century and 21st century. And yet there continues to be an astonishing lack of accountability and responsibility by governments and states for their part in the production of the world’s refugees. In an age of globalisation, sovereignty is vigorously asserted at the borders of nations. Increasingly restrictive immigration policies instigate the humiliation and social marginalisation of people seeking asylum as well as those who have lived in the UK for a lifetime and call it their home. Research into migration can play a vital role in exposing the cruel and destructive impacts of those policies both in the UK and across Europe. But it is vital that researchers avoid causing migrants any distress in the process. If not treated with care, research can run the risk of being tokenistic, voyeuristic and reinforce power imbalances in the interests of gathering research data or images that are representative.

This historian’s new book on Mexican migration is perfectly timed

pri.org 26 April 2018

Ana Raquel Minian grew up in Mexico City where, at home, “politics was discussed at the dinner table pretty much every day,” she says.But to learn more about her own country, she decided to study its ties to the US. She started digging, studying history in the United States, earning her doctorate at Yale University. Now, after a decade of research, she’s published her new book, “Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration.”

“Undocumented Lives” is a deep dive into the history of Mexican migration to and from the United States and how, many times, migrants can feel ni aquí, ni allá, neither here, nor there — not fully recognized by any one place. It’s a perspective that Minian heard many times from the hundreds of people she interviewed, a feeling hardened by policies in both Mexico and the US that, she argues, excluded or ignored the economic realities faced by migrants.

 

 

 

 

 

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