Press Review 30 September 2018

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Tags: Africa migration refugees xenophobia

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Don’t exclude foreign nationals universal health coverage in South Africa 24 September 2018

Our healthcare system should know no boundaries. Our Constitution makes no distinction in the Bill of Rights between South African citizens and foreign nationals who live within the boundaries of the Republic of South Africa. Yet the NHI has the potential not only to be hijacked by commercial interest groups, but is tumbling down the slippery slope of xenophobia.

Heritage Day not a celebration for foreign nationals in SA 24 September 2018

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa has called for an end to xenophobic attacks and intolerance‚ so that asylum seekers‚ refugees and migrants can also celebrate their cultural diversity. Thifulufheli Sinthumule‚ spokesperson for the consortium‚ said in a statement on Monday that there was‚ for many‚ little to celebrate on Heritage Day.

More South Africans are leaving their homes empty as they emigrate 28 September 2018

A growing number of homeowners on Johannesburg’s East Rand are opting to leave their homes empty as they emigrate – with the hopes of selling the property at a later date. Speaking to BusinessTech, real estate agents from the area said that this was likely due to a combination of factors – including a desire to leave the country, but being hamstrung by the fact that it is a buyer’s market and they had difficulty selling.

‘Language barrier’ hampers police in dealing with foreigners 20 September 2018

Police officers are often unable to write proper statements when foreign nationals are victims of crime owing to a “language barrier”. The situation – which leaves foreign nationals vulnerable – was evident at the Soshanguve Police Station in Tshwane‚ a National Council of Provinces (NCOP) delegation found this week. Members of the Gauteng legislature were also present during the NCOP delegation’s visit. “The barrier of language makes it complicated for South African Police Services officials to assist foreign nationals when they are victims of crime. They rely on using hand signs to communicate with them‚ which in most cases does not result in writing of correct official statements. This challenge also applies when they are perpetrators of crime‚” said the delegation leader‚ George Mthimunye‚ in a statement.

Xenophobia sparks call for first migration desk in metro 27 September 2018

The Community of African Nations (CANiSA) has called on the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality to establish the city’s first migration desk. The request was made by CANiSA general secretary Abdul Olatunji at the Eastern Cape legislature’s first dialogue on African nations. Olatunji said the desk would assist the city in its quest to find out exactly how many foreigners were living in Port Elizabeth and other areas. Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said: “As we do away with borders, Africa is redefining itself . “We may not see it now but one day our children will wake up and most of this will not be here. It’s necessary for us to have these conversations. “Migration helps us develop a deeper understanding of who we are as a people, the multicultural nature of the society in which we live. “It helps us realise that there is actually more to being African than what we grew up knowing.”

What you need to know when you employ a foreign national in South Africa 15 September 2018

Many people throughout Africa look at South Africa is a place which offers socio-economic opportunities; and as a result, it has become home to many inter-regional and inter-continental migrants seeking gainful employment, says Kirsten Eiser, a partner at Webber Wentzel, and Cherise Walker, a candidate attorney at the same firm. Webber Wentzel has set out a summary of the key considerations you need to be aware of in employing foreign nationals.

Western Cape hails SA’s new visa regime as ‘step in right direction’ 29 September 2018

Ease of travel and movement across borders is a fundamental building block of the global economy, Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said. Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, Wesgro, has welcomed the amendments to the existing visa regime announced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday in a bid to boost tourism as a “step in the right direction”. This, as Gigaba announced among the amendments an update to visa arrangements for business people from two Brics countries that require visas – India and China – and that getting a visa will now be easier for businesspeople from these countries. They will soon be eligible for a 10-year multiple-entry visa, with only five days needed for their application. The new arrangement also makes provision for home affairs to take biometrics for those eligible upon arrival in South Africa. Gigaba said the new arrangement was aimed at attracting business and investment to South Africa after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a “stimulus package” on Friday.


Surgeon from South Sudan wins UN prize for treating war-hit refugees 22 September 2018

Nairobi – A South Sudanese surgeon, who has spent two decades helping the sick and injured in the war-torn east African nation, was on Tuesday announced the winner of a UN prize for treating tens of thousands of people forced to flee violence and persecution. Evan Atar Adaha – a 52-year-old doctor who runs the only hospital in northeastern Maban county – was given the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award for his “humanity and selflessness” where he often risked his safety to serve others, the U.N. said. “I feel very humbled. I hope this award can help draw attention to the plight of refugees especially here in Africa where they are often forgotten about,” Adaha told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.

Deported from Zambia, former Rwandan refugees choose to stay 15 September 2018

Two former Rwandan refugees, Innocent Habumugisha and Egide Rwasibo, who were deported from Zambia in December 2015 on the grounds that they were working as spies for the Rwandan government and causing insecurity in Zambia, won a case in the Zambian High Court last week, with the judge ruling that their deportation was “unconscionable and unreasonable.” “The Minister of Home Affairs exercised his discretion without following the law, which required him to ask the two refugees to make written presentations to him before effecting the deportation,” the court ruled. Documents from the court proceedings show that the defence had argued that the decision by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to deport the duo put them at risk of “being persecuted back at home” since they had been welcomed into Zambia as refugees.

Burundi: 37,000 refugees have returned from Tanzania since January 28 September 2018

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says 37,000 Burundian refugees have returned to the country from Tanzania since January – bringing the total to 48,930 since September 2017. This marks a significant uptake in the number of refugees returning to Burundi since this time last year, following meetings between Tanzania, Burundi and UNHCR to devise plans for the repatriation of 72,000 Burundian refugees by December 2018.

Experiences of Female Refugees and Migrants in Origin, Transit and Destination Countries 18 September 2018

This research report mainly builds on data collected between June and October 2017 through the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi) including 1,062 surveys collected by 4Mi field monitors. The 4Mi data includes interviews with women from Afghanistan, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Somalia. It is the first piece of research drawn from 4Mi that compares women’s migration experiences across different regions as it compares Afghan women on the move with women from East and West Africa. The 4Mi data is complemented with 29 in-depth qualitative interviews conducted in December 2017 with Afghan women and secondary research on West and East African women. This report examines women’s migration experiences in origin, transit and destination countries. The focus is on Afghan women who are in the process of migrating from Afghanistan, in transit in Serbia or who have settled in Germany as their destination, and who have travelled along the East Mediterranean route.


World leaders express resounding support for new deal on refugees at UN General Assembly 24 September 2018

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, hosted a gathering with political leaders from four continents, including Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Turkey and the World Bank today at the UN General Assembly High Level Week in support of the international agreement known as the global compact on refugees, a robust and systematic model to improve the lives of refugees and their host communities. The global compact is expected to be endorsed by members of the UN General Assembly in December 2018, after two years of intense consultations UNHCR has led with UN member states, international organizations, experts, civil society, and refugees. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi praised the role of host countries as first responders to refugee emergencies, like Bangladesh, Uganda, Niger or Mali, among others.

Crime, not money, drives migration from El Salvador and Honduras 28 September 2018

An analysis of data directed by Jonathan Hiskey, associate professor of political science, and his co-authors shows that being a victim of crime is a powerful motivation for migrants to come to the United States, despite understanding the risks of the journey and challenges of the U.S. immigration system. The findings, Hiskey says, suggest that current migration deterrence policies, which mainly target economic migrants, are ineffective against migrants fleeing violence. The research will be published in the forthcoming issue of Latin American Research Review. Political scientists Mary Fran Malone of the University of New Hampshire and Vanderbilt Ph.D. graduates Abby Córdova of the University of Kentucky and Diana Orcés of the American Immigration Council also contributed to the research.



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