Tag Archive: refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees
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 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.
Press Review 08 January 2016
Analysis by Caroline Skinner, University of Cape Town. Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, migrant entrepreneurs have been portrayed as driving small local businesses to the wall, taking jobs and engaging in illegal and other nefarious business practices. More than half a million people fleeing violence and human rights abuses, mostly from South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have now found protection and safety in Uganda. The European Union on Wednesday announced the start of a $2 billion initiative to curb illegal migration from Africa, an ambitious program that aims to tackle the root causes of a historic flight of Africans to Europe.
Press Review 14 December 2015
Parliament’s Ad hoc Committee set up to probe the root causes of violence against foreign nationals has found socio-economic conditions to be responsible, along with crime and political instability in people’s countries of origin. Pope Francis on Friday hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation. Amid hand-wringing over what role Africa will play to prevent its citizens from getting into flimsy vessels and sailing for Europe, Senegalese President Macky Sall had hard words for the Europeans. Moroccan authorities have recovered the bodies of 11 African migrants whose boat sank apparently due to bad weather as they tried to cross to the Canary Islands, officials said on Wednesday.
Catch SIHMA on Radio786online discussing the Africa-EU Migration Summit in Valletta, Malta
Africa-EU Migration Summit in Valletta, Malta
Press Review 03 November 2015
Between the violence against foreign shop-owners in Grahamstown and the scenes of Syrians arriving at Europe’s borders, it is clear that migration continues to be a policy issue that, quite literally, knows no borders. In a world that is increasingly inter-connected and with populations that are progressively more mobile, it is unlikely that migratory flows will decrease.Political stability and the resulting environment of peace and security could contribute to the end of forced migration of millions of Africans and misery, endemic diseases and socio-economic and technological underdevelopment.
Press Review 14 October 2015
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department is considering establishing asylum offices at the country's ports of entry, in an effort to improve the migration process. Recently introduced anti-trafficking regulations in South Africa are doing more harm than good. Delegations from Rwanda and 11 major host countries in Africa, the African Union and UNHCR met today to agree on the final steps to end one of the world's longest-standing displacement situations. The dream of a new life in SA has turned into a nightmare for Ethiopian migrants held in Malawian jails despite having served their sentences.
Europe asks African governments to help in refugee crisis
While many refugees flooding into Europe right now are from the Middle East and South Asia, half of them hail from sub-Saharan Africa.Experts say it's crucial that African governments do more to help