Tag Archive: africa; xenophobia
Press Review 6 June 2016
Most of the world's people would welcome refugees into their countries with open arms‚ but South Africans are somewhat reluctant when compared with the global average.The Home Affairs database system that manages refugee and asylum documentation has been down for almost two weeks across the country. Refugees have described their frustration with poor communication from officials‚ standing in long queues‚ and being blocked from doing anything that South African citizens use an identity document to access. Malawi has come under fire from human rights activists for locking up 119 Ethiopian illegal migrants in its prisons. Human rights activists faulted the southern African nation for its policy of jailing immigrants who were arrested over illegal entry and travelling without documents.
Press Review 16 May 2016
The African National Congress Youth League on Tuesday slammed the hospitality industry and accused it of overlooking South African youth when hiring workers. The case between the Department of Home Affairs and immigration lawyers, who are accusing the department of being in contempt of a High Court order, has been postponed to next month. South Africa is home to over 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers, this is according to the UNHCR. In this numbers are children from neighbouring country Zimbabwe who have come to Africa’s most developed nation in hope for a better future. Well-meaning Malawians have launched an organisation to help repatriate those detained for living illegally in South Africa
Press Review 28 April 2016
Foreign students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday. At least two people have been burned to death in Zambia during riots targeting Rwandan-owned shops over allegations that foreigners were behind a string of ritual killings, police said on Wednesday. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Malawi has applauded the government and people of Malawi for opening their doors to Mozambican asylum seekers in need of international protection.
Press Review 11 February 2016
Human Rights Watch South Africa says while the country has strong human rights laws in place, implementation remains "problematic". Home Affairs has announced that Lesotho nationals living in South Africa illegally will no longer be deported. GroundUp recently reported the story of Malawian men who were detained by the police for not having documents showing they were legally in the country. Under what circumstances can the police demand that people show identification proving they are legally in the country? We asked Lawyers for Human Rights. The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is finalising its investigation into Kind Goodwill Zwelithini's alleged xenophobic comments.
Press Review 14 December 2015
Parliament’s Ad hoc Committee set up to probe the root causes of violence against foreign nationals has found socio-economic conditions to be responsible, along with crime and political instability in people’s countries of origin. Pope Francis on Friday hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation. Amid hand-wringing over what role Africa will play to prevent its citizens from getting into flimsy vessels and sailing for Europe, Senegalese President Macky Sall had hard words for the Europeans. Moroccan authorities have recovered the bodies of 11 African migrants whose boat sank apparently due to bad weather as they tried to cross to the Canary Islands, officials said on Wednesday.
Press Review 30 November 2015
An outbreak of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa has highlighted the government’s failure to get to grips with xenophobia, amid worries that there is more violence to come. Foreign nationals trading in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, live in fear following a spike in robberies in recent months. The traders say they are being targeted by criminals who rob them of their goods and then sell the loot to locals at a heavily discounted price. The European Union launched a €1.9bn fund on Thursday to tackle migration from Africa, but struggled to impress recipient countries, which accused Europe of focusing too much on sending Africans back home.
Press Review 03 November 2015
Between the violence against foreign shop-owners in Grahamstown and the scenes of Syrians arriving at Europe’s borders, it is clear that migration continues to be a policy issue that, quite literally, knows no borders. In a world that is increasingly inter-connected and with populations that are progressively more mobile, it is unlikely that migratory flows will decrease.Political stability and the resulting environment of peace and security could contribute to the end of forced migration of millions of Africans and misery, endemic diseases and socio-economic and technological underdevelopment.
Press Review 55 12-26 June 2015
In a keynote address of the event organized by Scalabrini Centre and the Haulocaust Centre in Cape Town to celebrate the World Refugee Day, a senior researcher from the African Centre for Cities presented the findings of the study on the roles of migrants and refugees in the economy. Durban's last refugee shelter housing those who fled the recent xenophobic violence in the city will close at the end of the month. Stereotypes and myths have largely informed South Africans’ views on issues of migration and foreign nationals. These myths perpetuate xenophobia in South Africa and are used seemingly as a basis for policy decisions around migration. The United Nations World Food Program has announced that it is temporarily cutting rations to half-million refugees in Kenya by nearly a third in a move to conserve the dwindling supplies and funds. A total of 33 migrants have died in the Sahara desert in Niger while enroute to Europe this year, including 18 found dehydrated last week near a road to the border with Algeria, the government of Niger said on Tuesday. Born and raised in Israel, David Blum always thought of his country as a refuge for the persecuted. Why then, he asks, is the government stepping up efforts to deport African refugees? He says the policy is a betrayal of Israel’s traditions and bad business given that the Africans are the backbone of the restaurant and hotel industry.
Press Review 54 30 May – 12 June 2015
Operation Fiela has been described as “legitimizing xenophobia” while many South Africans have spoken out against the controversial raids, others feel they are justified. However, the operation has had a devastating effect on foreign nationals who have been detained, deported, and forced to seek refuge in displaced persons’ shelters. An inter-ministerial commission will present a revised immigration policy for South Africa to cabinet in a month’s time, Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe said at the World Economic Forum on Africa on Friday. Political tensions in Burundi have been growing since April, when the president announced he was running for a controversial third term in office. Violent confrontations and a failed coup have stoked fears of large-scale conflict, with memories of Burundi's 1993-2005 civil war still raw. Six new districts have been opened in southern Somalia to help enhance voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in Kenya, and tripartite commission comprising representative from Kenya government, Somalia and UN refugee Agency has been formed to oversee the return process. For the migrants gathered in Libya waiting to cross to Europe; if they drove there, they're more likely to die in a car crash than drown in the sea. Europe has seen 102 000 migrants reach its shores so far this year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.