Tag Archive: economic migrants
Press Review 56 27 June to 09 July
Durban - Foreigners in a refugee camp in Chatsworth on Tuesday resisted the government’s plan to close down the camp; most refused to leave. Thousands of those who sought refuge at the camp after the attacks on foreigners in March have either been repatriated, reintegrated into the communities they fled from, or resettled. However, close to 200 Congolese and Burundians remained at the camp, citing fear of being victims of xenophobia if they went back to their communities or had to return to conditions of civil and political unrest in their home countries. Asylum seekers in Cape Town are struggling to obtain documentation, because they can only apply for refugee permits in Pretoria, Durban or Musina. With no jobs and no money to make their way to these centres, incoming refugees can find themselves stranded. Refugees who need to renew their permits are also affected. A South African mother claims Zimbabwean immigration officers deported her 12-year-old daughter on arrival in Harare in a "tit for tat game". She said her daughter was travelling on an emergency travel certificate to write a school entrance exam - as well as to visit her sick father. Thousands of refugees have fled to Paris over the past several months, prompting heated debates on how to manage the escalating asylum seeker crisis. Many refugees are Eritreans, fleeing a tiny police state viewed as Africa’s North Korea. Even in Paris, Eritreans fear the ‘mosquitoes’ – informers for the regime of Isaias Afwerki, a freedom fighter turned alcoholic dictator who has ruled the country with an iron fist since Eritrean independence in 1993.
Introductory Remarks by Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba for Third Roundtable on International Migration: Intra-regional migration within SADC
CPLO Briefing Paper 363 : Labour and Asylum – Regional approaches to migration
The briefing paper by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) provides an overview of labour and asylum with a focus on regional approaches to migration in southern Africa.
A rocky road for Cape Town’s refugees
The number of illegal refugees in Cape Town is increasing after the government closed a city-based office granting permits for asylum seekers to work and study in South Africa.
Review: SIHMA/CPLO Seminar 3 Towards a regional integrated migration regime: A future perspective – 3 September 2014
The movement of people is not a new phenomenon to the continent, as Africa has a long history of migration. Cross border migration patterns are influenced by political and economic agreements, which is evident in how colonialism and then apartheid in South Africa shaped cross border labour movement that has continued up to the present. Since the 1994 political changes in South Africa and the progressive globalisation of the economy, there has been a rapid intensification of cross border movements and regional migration between Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Despite several regional proposals and discussions a full consensus on a formal regional labour migration framework to govern the free movement of people has not yet been achieved. This seminar provided an overview of the development of the SADC regional labour migration framework and discuss the correlations and implications of such a framework on refugee movements.