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.