Tag Archive: refugee amendment bill; migration policy; southern Africa; migrants
Press Review 6 April 2016
According to an analysis of UN High Commissioner for Refugees data conducted by Code4SA's Data Journalism Academy, in 2014 and the first half of 2015, the Department of Home Affairs turned down 81% of refugee applications, compared with the international average of 21%. Immigration lawyers have accused the Department of Home Affairs of being in contempt of a High Court order after the department withdrew an instruction allowing asylum seekers and refugees to apply for permanent residence without giving up their asylum or refugee status, and to apply for temporary residence without a valid passport. Africans are among the most mobile people on earth. 31 million people from the continent have migrated to various parts of the world, including many African countries. Some people choose to migrate, while others are forced to do so either due to war, poverty or persecution
Legislative changes to the amendments to the Refugees Act, Roundtable discussion 17 March 2016
The CPLO, in collaboration with the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), hosted a roundtable discussion on policy and legislative changes to the Refugees Act.
Discussion on Refugees and Migrants, 19 February 2016
The CPLO in collaboration with the EU-Delegation to South Africa hosted a discussion on refugees and migrants. The two main speakers were Sergio Carciotto of the Scalabrini Institute, providing a brief overview of the evolution of migration policy in South Africa, why migration policies fail and the various immigration and refugee legislation. The second speaker, Vuyani Shwane, of the Cape Town Refugee Centre, highlighted the opportunities and challenges for organizations working in the field and threats of violent outbreaks in 2016 and the integration of refugees and asylum seekers.
The evolution of migration policy in post-apartheid South Africa
In post-apartheid South Africa, migration policies and legislation have failed the declared objective of enhancing the development potential of migration, leaving critical issues such as social cohesion and integration unsolved. A large emphasis has been placed on the securitisation of migration and the tightening of the immigration regime in an attempt to crack down on irregular arrivals.
Press Review 30 November 2015
An outbreak of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa has highlighted the government’s failure to get to grips with xenophobia, amid worries that there is more violence to come. Foreign nationals trading in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, live in fear following a spike in robberies in recent months. The traders say they are being targeted by criminals who rob them of their goods and then sell the loot to locals at a heavily discounted price. The European Union launched a €1.9bn fund on Thursday to tackle migration from Africa, but struggled to impress recipient countries, which accused Europe of focusing too much on sending Africans back home.
Press Review 57 20 August 2015
Refugees seeking asylum in South Africa are routinely asked for bribes at reception centers and border posts, two human rights groups said. An overhaul of South Africa’s law on refugees will be tabled in Parliament towards late September, MPs heard on Tuesday, along with a warning that this meant it would not be on the statute books until sometime in 2016. The Constitutional court has passed a judgment ordering the Port Elizabeth Home Affairs to reopen the Refugee Reception Office saying the closure was unlawful.The Department of Home Affairs has roped in the youth to deliberate on South Africa's international migration policy. About 2 500 Burundians are fleeing into Tanzania every week, overwhelming aid agencies who say refugee facilities had now reached "breaking point".