Press Review 57 20 August 2015

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Refugees Face Bribe Demands in South Africa, Rights Groups Say

Bloomberg Business, 22 July 2015

Refugees seeking asylum in South Africa are routinely asked for bribes at reception centers and border posts, two human rights groups said. Almost 30 percent of the 928 asylum seekers surveyed while they were in or waiting to enter South African refugee reception offices experienced instances of corruption, Lawyers for Human Rights and the African Centre for Migration and Society said in a report. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela should probe the issue, they said Wednesday.

Refugee Amendment Bill approved

iOL news, 28 July 2015

An overhaul of South Africa’s law on refugees will be tabled in Parliament towards late September, MPs heard on Tuesday, along with a warning that this meant it would not be on the statute books until sometime in 2016. Deon Erasmus, the head of the department of home affairs’ legal services, said Cabinet’s justice and security committee at the weekend in Pretoria gave the go-ahead for the Refugee Amendment Bill to be published for public comment.

PE Home Affairs closed despite ConCourt ruling

eNCA, 11 August 2015

The Constitutional court has passed a judgment ordering the Port Elizabeth Home Affairs to reopen the Refugee Reception Office saying the closure was unlawful. Lawyers for Human Rights say this judgment will go a long way to ensuring refugees are protected under international law. Despite a Constitutional Court judgment for the Home Affairs to reopen the Reception Office, it remained closed for business leaving thousands of immigrants in legal and financial limbo. The Home Affairs says it will study the judgment before deciding what further steps to take. Over 70 000 refugees waiting to receive servicing at the in Port Elizabeth Home Affairs.

South Africa: Country to Strike a Balance On Migration

allAfrica, 14 August 2015

The Department of Home Affairs has roped in the youth to deliberate on South Africa’s international migration policy. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela on Friday hosted a Youth and Migration Dialogue, aimed at gaining different perspectives to inform South Africa’s migration policy. The dialogue, attended by representatives from various youth formations, also aimed at conecientising and influencing youth on the benefits of migration and their role in fostering social cohesion.


Facilities for Burundi refugees at breaking point: MSF

Mail & Guardian, 23 July 2015

About 2 500 Burundians are fleeing into Tanzania every week, overwhelming aid agencies who say refugee facilities had now reached “breaking point”. Doctors without Borders (MSF) told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that the Nyarugusu refugee camp near the Tanzanian town of Kasulu, close to the border with Burundi, was simply not coping with the number of new arrivals. MSF spokesperson said that aid agencies were struggling to provide sufficient food, water, shelter and healthcare to those in need with the second camp still yet to be built.

UN airlifts DRC refugees out of Central Africa Republic

News24, 3 August 2015

The UN said on Monday it had begun repatriating more than 600 people who had fled to the now violence-torn Central African Republic from the Democratic Republic of Congo six years ago. The United Nations’ refugee agency said it had airlifted a first group of 39 Congolese refugees from Zemio in southeastern CAR to the remote, eastern DR Congo province of Ango on Monday.

East Africa: EU Increases Humanitarian Aid for Burundi Refugees

allAfrica, 31 July 2015

The European Commission is releasing €4.5 million in humanitarian assistance to help the growing number of Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries, including Rwanda. More than 175,000 people, the majority of them women and children, are estimated to have fled Burundi since April, citing intimidation, threats and fear of violence ahead of last week’s presidential election. In a statement issued yesterday, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Burundi cannot be overlooked.

Ethiopia: Anglican Church Continues to Support South Sudanese Refugees

allAfrica, 3 August 2015

US (formerly USPG) is sending emergency funds to support the Anglican Church in Ethiopia as it reaches out to refugees fleeing war in South Sudan. A civil war between political factions in South Sudan saw 350,000 refugees fleeing the country for the Gambella and Asosa regions of Ethiopia during 2014. Now fighting is intensifying and a further 150,000 refugees are arriving in Ethiopia, putting immense pressure on relief efforts. Most of the refugees arrive with only what they can carry, usually their children and a few clothes. The needs are enormous. But, with support from the Us, the Anglican Church is doing what it can to provide food aid. In addition, churches in refugee camps are providing education and serving as community centres.

UN Security Council says Central Africa must let refugees vote

Times Live, 5 August 2015

The UN Security Council said Wednesday that refugees from the Central African Republic must be allowed to vote in key elections set for October, the first since the country descended into bloodshed in 2013. The country’s transitional authorities have rejected a draft electoral bill that would allow tens of thousands of refugees, most of whom are Muslims driven from their homes, to vote by absentee ballot.

Even war won’t stop us: Determined Ethiopians, Somalis brave death and head to Yemen then finally Saudi Arabia

Mail & Guardian, 20 August 2015

As Somalis and Yemenis flee back to Somalia to escape war in Yemen, other Somalis and Ethiopians head in the opposite direction into the conflict. ETHIOPIA’S recent story has been one of robust economic growth, but for some of its citizens, the hoped-for benefits are taking too long to trickle down, so they are heading out for where they feel they can make a more immediate impact on their circumstances and those of their families.


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