Tag Archive: illegal migrants
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.
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.
Press Review 52 28 April-13 May 2015
After the recent xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa, the numbers of immigrants in the news vary widely with many putting the figures of African migrants in South Africa at 5 million, others suggesting it at 2 million. The 2011 Census puts the number of migrants in South Africa at about 2.2 million. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said that they were being denied access to over 200 foreign nationals arrested during a raid on the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg this weekend. African reporters and politicians have been criticized for their silence and turning a blind eye on the crisis in the Mediterranean. Tens of thousands of refugees risk their lives trying to get to Europe. What is surprising is the fact that such news rarely make headlines in an African newspaper. Over 22 000 refugees from Burundi have fled to Rwanda in response to youth militia intimidation in light of the protests over the current president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office. Over 22 000 refugees from Burundi have fled to Rwanda in response to youth militia intimidation in light of the protests over the current president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office. Spanish border guards discovered an 8 year old migrant boy inside a suitcase owned by a 19 year old woman from Morocco. This was at a border crossing between Morocco and the Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. An X-ray scan revealed the boy.