Press Review 31 July 2018

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Humanitarian in appearance, inhumane in reality 15 July 2018

Hana Dalmar was twenty when his mother convinced him to flee Somalia. She was terrified his father would murder him. Being a homosexual in a Muslim family was the ultimate betrayal in Hana’s father’s eyes. Since forbidding his “abnormal” son from attending school, his resentment had only grown. “Until I kill you, you embarrass me,” he told Hana. South Africa’s Refugees Act was once recognised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as one of the world’s most progressive. Today South Africa pays only lip service to international human rights norms, says Cape Town-based immigration lawyer Gary Eisenberg.

OPINION: White paper highlights Gigaba’s anti-poor and anti-African approach  23 July 2018

Since Malusi Gigaba stepped back into the role of home affairs minister in February, it is time to reflect critically on his regressive, anti-poor and anti-African international migration vision for SA. The White Paper on International Migration, approved by the government in March 2017, aims to manage migration to achieve SA’s national goals. The white paper states that SA’s new international migration policy “must be oriented towards Africa”. However, there is little in the document that suggests the new policy will be pro-African. Rather, the Department of Home Affairs wants to make it extremely difficult for predominantly poor black people from elsewhere in Africa to come to SA.

Refugee management is not a simple task 22 July 2018

Terry Bell’s report, “Skilled Personnel: smuggled, exploited in SA” (City Press, July 15 2018), sheds light on refugee management complexities that are often simplified in self-serving diatribes. A typical example is Claire van den Heever’s “Humanitarian in appearance, inhumane in reality” (City Press, July 15 2018), which is far-fetched to say the least. South Africa does more with its limited resources in the service of all of humanity. Bell’s report offers a rare glimpse of the push and pull factors ejecting individuals from their countries. He exposes, through the eye of a Pakistani trader, how people are trafficked, smuggled and exploited.

Informal traders in the City, and SA, are discriminated against  29 July 2018

Cape Town – A study has shown that informal traders in the City, and various other parts of the country, are discriminated against when it comes to developing policies. In a recent study titled “Benign Neglect or Active Destruction? A Critical Analysis of Refugee and Informal Sector Policy and Practice in South Africa,” the researchers found that the City is excluding informal traders, many of them refugees and immigrants, from policies affecting them.

Stats SA report: Eastern Cape still holds the record for out-migration 23 July 2018

Stats SA has released its mid-year population estimates for 2018, which includes a report on provincial migration streams, dating back to 2006. The results show that over 1.5 million people have left the Eastern Cape in search of greener pastures elsewhere in South Africa. In what is the largest recorded case of rural to urban migration in present-day South Africa, the statistics point to the Eastern Cape losing millions of residents to business hubs, namely, Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Forced to leave: Africa’s young migrants 24 July 2018

Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa are mainly young people. The impact of their departure on their home countries is mitigated. Laurent Larcher for La Croix magazine interviews Serge Michailof, a researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Research, IRIS.

How Borders Are Constructed in West Africa 18 July 2018

The port city of Oran in the northwest of Algeria is a historically cosmopolitan city that has been both a workplace and way station for generations of migrants. But over the last year it has emptied of African migrant workers, as a campaign featuring mass arrests and even house-to-house searches has seen hundreds deported and many more volunteer to leave. On June 24, local activists sounded the alarm again as 200 foreign nationals were detained in a single roundup. On this occasion they were released several hours later, but the harassment and arrests have created a hostile environment that has seen many sub-Saharan Africans turn to the U.N. Migration Agency (IOM) to voluntarily return home.

Libya, migrants & karma: Europe’s new migration policy wrecks on North African reality 22 July 2018

The EU’s new plan to create refugee camps in North Africa is unlikely to ever work, as it’s never considered the situation on the ground – something that Europe helped create when it intervened in Libya, experts warn. Years of unending migrant influx have apparently stretched both the capacity and hospitality of some European nations to the limit. While the new Italian Euroskeptic government has outright refused to take in any new arrivals, arguing that it has too many already, the Swedish government struggles with a crime wave that followed a mass influx of migrants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was once one of the most adamant champions of the ‘open borders’ policy, has had a tough time facing pressure both at home and at the EU level. As Europeans bicker over the fair share of migrants, a new major threat looms on the horizon.


Italy dismisses plan to pay EU countries to host migrants as ‘charity handout’ 24 July 2018

Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini dismissed the European Union’s latest migration plan as a “charity handout”, after Brussels proposed €6,000 (£5,346) payments to member states for every migrant hosted at a secure centre on their soil. The European commission said member states would be entitled to the payment for every migrant rescued in the Mediterranean and taken to a “controlled centre” in an EU member state to process their asylum claims.



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