Tag Archive: mediterranean
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 51: 10-27 April 2015
According to the police, over one thousand foreign nationals in South Africa have fled their homes following sequences of xenophobic violence by South Africans in Durban. The ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, believes that the answer to the so-called xenophobia in the country is establishing refugee camps. International migrants are often accused of stealing jobs that are meant for locals in South Africa, but the data from research presents a far more nuanced picture. People have begun to gather in Johannesburg in preparation for a march against the scourge of xenophobic attack which has plagued the country. Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries' discontent at Pretoria's handling of attacks on immigrants. Kenya has given the United Nations three months to get rid of a camp accommodating more than half a million Somali refugees. More than 5800 Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda this month amid fears of violence before presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. The boat carrying an estimated 700 migrants, mostly Libyan refugees risking their lives to make dangerous passage from North Africa to Europe in the Mediterranean Sea capsized.