Tag Archive: forced migration;refugees; asylum seekers;development;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.
Policy and Legislative Changes with Regard to the Amendments to the Refugee Act, 19 May 2016
The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), in conjunction with the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees in the Archdiocese, the Bienvenu Sheleter, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, and the Justice and Peace Department in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg recently held a roundtable discussion on Policy and legislative changes to the Refugee Act in Johannesburg.
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 18 March 2016
South Africa is a popular destination for migrants from across the world. Estimates of the number of foreigners living in the country vary, but according to the last official census the number was just over two million.The South African Human Rights Commission has asked the UN Human Rights Committee to look into rights violations in the country ranging from xenophobia to gender-based violence. The owners of Hope Farm in Killarney Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, have asked 101 people displaced by xenophobic violence to leave their property. Twenty-three illegal Ethiopian immigrants have been arrested in Zimbabwe on their way to 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.
The evolution of migration policy in post-apartheid South Africa
In post-apartheid South Africa, migration policies and legislation have failed the declared objective of enhancing the development potential of migration, leaving critical issues such as social cohesion and integration unsolved. A large emphasis has been placed on the securitisation of migration and the tightening of the immigration regime in an attempt to crack down on irregular arrivals.
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 26 January 2016
Asylum seekers who come to the Port Elizabeth refugee reception office, some of them from far away, say officials are charging them R2000 for late renewals of their permits. For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge. More than 700 African refugees have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. The Norwegian vessel Siem Pilot on Sunday morning arrived in the port of Trapani on the west coast of Sicily, with some 723 migrants who were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean.