Press Review 31 March 2018

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Tags: international migration refugees South Africa sub-saharan Africa

Image credit: Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa


Shoddy treatment by Home Affairs wrecks families  28 March 2018

Refugees at the Home Affairs Office on Cape Town’s Foreshore have described how getting their children legalised was a slow and frustrating process. Some said they had been struggling since last year with the family-joining process. The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, a non profit organisation which offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town, says it has had 530 people approach its offices for assistance with family joining since 2013.

In December, Scalabrini, represented by the Law Clinic, obtained an order from the Cape High Court ordering Home Affairs to file an affidavit with the court by 31 January. The affidavit must describe the “national policies, administrative procedures and training of staff” that ensure that dependants of refugees are properly dealt with in terms of the Refugee 28 March 2018

As migration to South Africa swells, one man helps bridge cultural divides 21 March 2018

Marc Gbaffou is the go-to guy for migrants in South Africa when they’re dealing with problems, especially threats of violence. As chairman of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), a nonprofit organization he founded a decade ago to safeguard the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers, he’s keenly interested in the welfare of the millions of such individuals living and working in South Africa.

Gigaba tells UN how South Africa hates xenophobia 20 March 2018

Despite being flooded with millions of immigrants fleeing persecution and economic meltdown in their countries, the South African government strives to provide a safe environment for migrants, while at the same time balancing the need to provide much needed services and security to its 50 million-plus citizens, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba,  said last Tuesday.

Gigaba was delivering his welcoming remarks at a briefing session on the United Nations Global Compact on Migration for the Diplomatic Corps in South Africa, hosted at the department of international relations and cooperation’s (Dirco) OR Tambo Building in Pretoria.

Home Affairs, Johannesburg council tackle illegal immigration 23 March 2018

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Friday the city, working with the Home Affairs department, had conducted seven raids to net immigrants without legal documents so far this year, with 230 repatriated to date. Mashaba, a member of the main opposition Democratic Alliance which took over running of the city after 2016 municipal elections, has highlighted rooting illegal immigrants among some of his priorities, accusing some of them of being involved in crime.

Language programme suffers crushing blow 19 March 2018

ENGLISH speaking classes for South Africans and refugees conducted by the NGO Talk English, are under threat after the primary school where the classes are conducted on Saturdays, has decided it has other use for its classrooms. The volunteer organisation has made use of the classrooms at the school, rent free, since 2005. No, unless other rent free premises can be found, the classes will have to be stopped, impacting negatively on hundreds of people desperate to learn to speak English so that they can source work and support their families.

SA would need to deteriorate ‘markedly’ for white farmers to get refugee status – Australian senator 20 March 2018

An Australian senator who came out in support of Australian Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton’s comments on visas for white South African farmers has said his aim was to ensure the government was “generous in its consideration” of visas for South Africans. Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm wrote to Dutton last week that he should “exercise [his] powers under the Migration Act to issue appropriate visas to allow resettlement of these farmers and their families in Australia”.


ISS Today: The funding gap for refugees in Africa must be closed 28 March 2018

While many destination countries are restricting their protection of refugees, the global refugee population continues to grow. The most recent Global Trends report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) shows that by the end of 2016, 65.6 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and persecution. And despite Europe, Australia and North America making the most noise about the refugee crisis, it’s poorer – mostly African – countries that are carrying the heaviest burden. Africa accounts for eight of the 10 countries hosting the most refugees relative to the size of their national economies.

South Sudan an unlikely haven for many Sudanese refugees 30 March 2018

After fighting broke out in neighbouring Sudan between the government and opposition fighters in the Nuba Mountains in 2011 and Osma’s cousin and nephew were killed, the 24-year-old escaped with her daughters, 2 and 6 years old, to the world’s youngest nation. Even as millions of South Sudanese flee their country in what the United Nations has called the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide, hundreds of thousands of people from Sudan’s South Kordofan region have found a haven there.

Kadaga Blames African Leaders for Worsening Refugee Crisis 28 March 2018

Kampala — Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has criticized African leaders for the influx of mainly African refugees to Europe and North America. Kadaga said African refugees make dangerous crossings through the Mediterranean, fleeing harsh economic conditions and conflicts in their countries.

Condition of Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria worries top UNHCR official 31 March 2018

A top official with the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has bemoaned the deplorable conditions under which Cameroonians fleeing the Anglophone crisis are living in Nigeria. Antonio Canhandula, a Programme / Operation Manager and UNHCR representative made his reservations via his twitter handle after visiting some of the refugees in Nigeria’s Cross River and Benue States earlier this week. Other refugees are living in the Akwa Ibom and Taraba States. One tweet disclosed how some women said they had so little food to feed their families that they had to carry bricks to earn money to supplement what relief agencies provided.


”Under the Media Radar, Trump Is Locking Up More Refugees 23 March 2018

Lock them up and throw away the key. That sums up President Donald Trump’s efforts to stop immigrants from seeking asylum when threatened by gangs, abusive spouses or their own murderous homelands.  Thanks to a preoccupied news media, Trump is getting away with it.

Facing labour shortfall,Japan turns to refugees 24 March 2018

At an office in Tokyo, a group of asylum-seekers clutching resumes listened to three Japanese companies describe their openings – rare opportunities in the country’s often impenetrable job market. Japan accepts only a handful of refugees each year and they face hurdles to employment that can seem almost insurmountable, including language requirements, cultural barriers and discrimination. But a handful of firms, driven partly by labor shortages, are now hiring refugees.






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