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National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure Report on violence against foreign nationals
The Departments of Police, Home Affairs and Small Business Development briefed a joint meeting of the Home Affairs, Police, International Relations and Cooperation, Justice and Small Business Development Portfolio Committees about the recent attacks against foreign nationals and related small businesses. Police made reference to the underlying causes which included competition over resources; rivalry for jobs; business rivalry between foreigners and South Africans; a failure to regulate the registration of businesses at local government level; the involvement of émigré communities in crime and the incitement and spreading of misinformation on social media platforms. In the last two weeks, 2 767 people had applied for voluntary repatriation.
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.
On the trail of migrant smugglers
Noting that at least 2,360 migrants had died trying to cross borders clandestinely in 2013 - the deadliest year on record - IOM suggested that unless the international community takes decisive action to address the causes of irregular migration, “more migrant lives will be lost at the hands of people smugglers and traffickers”.
Review: Access to Asylum – Current challenges and future direction, Monash University 29-30 May (Prato, Italy)
The aim of this international conference was to determine how best to safeguard the rights of asylum seekers in balance with the responsibilities of states. It analysed the relevant standards under regional instruments, international human rights law and the 1951 Refugee Convention. The conference examined current challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection, the implications of state practices for the rights of refugees, the responsibilities of states and their impact upon refugee status determination procedures (RSD). The two day conference had a range of plenary sessions with international representation.