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.