Tag Archive: Europe
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 29 February
The Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Centre is still closed to new applicants despite a recent court ruling ordering the Department of Home affairs to open the offices by 9 February. The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is finalising its investigation into Kind Goodwill Zwelithini’s alleged xenophobic comments. Malnutrition is stalking Malawi’s only refugee camp, Dzaleka, after rations were curtailed following funding cutbacks by the international donor community. Germany wants North African countries to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers, its interior minister said ahead of a visit from Sunday to the region.
Press Review 08 January 2016
Analysis by Caroline Skinner, University of Cape Town. Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, migrant entrepreneurs have been portrayed as driving small local businesses to the wall, taking jobs and engaging in illegal and other nefarious business practices. More than half a million people fleeing violence and human rights abuses, mostly from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have now found protection and safety in Uganda. The European Union on Wednesday announced the start of a $2 billion initiative to curb illegal migration from Africa, an ambitious program that aims to tackle the root causes of a historic flight of Africans to Europe.
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.
Catch SIHMA on Radio786online discussing the Africa-EU Migration Summit in Valletta, Malta
Africa-EU Migration Summit in Valletta, Malta
First migrant arrested at closed border in Hungary
Tough, new laws have come into effect giving police in Hungary the authority to arrest and charge migrants attempting to enter the country illegally. The crackdown follows the completion of a razor-wire fence, which aims to seal off the border with Serbia. Reports suggest at least 16 people have already been arrested and the number is expected to rise
Press Review 14 October 2015
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department is considering establishing asylum offices at the country's ports of entry, in an effort to improve the migration process. Recently introduced anti-trafficking regulations in South Africa are doing more harm than good. Delegations from Rwanda and 11 major host countries in Africa, the African Union and UNHCR met today to agree on the final steps to end one of the world's longest-standing displacement situations. The dream of a new life in SA has turned into a nightmare for Ethiopian migrants held in Malawian jails despite having served their sentences.
Europe asks African governments to help in refugee crisis
While many refugees flooding into Europe right now are from the Middle East and South Asia, half of them hail from sub-Saharan Africa.Experts say it's crucial that African governments do more to help
Press Review 15 September 2015
South Africa's King Bhungane III of AmaHlubi was reportedly in Zimbabwe over the weekend, where he apologised for the xenophobic attacks earlier this year in which at least seven people died. About 2000 Angolan refugees many of whom have been living in South Africa for as long as 18 years face deportation following the withdrawal of their refugee status. The phenomenon of illegal immigration has reached unprecedented levels in Africa recently. Human trafficking has also increased, both issues having recorded alarming numbers since the beginning of the 21st century. A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died.