Tag Archive: Refugee issues
Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Migration History Marked by Crises and Restrictions
Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Migration History Marked by Crises and Restrictions Written by By Marie-Laurence Flahaux and Bruno Schoumaker and published by the Migration Policy Institute
Relocation of Refugee Reception Offices: Departmental briefing
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) briefed the Portfolio Committee on amendments to the Refugee Act and on the establishment of a refugee reception centre in Lebombo, Mpumalanga. With regard to the Lebombo office, the Department was still awaiting confirmation that its application to re-zone an area in Lebombo had been approved. Thereafter, planning and construction of the structure would get underway.
Press Review 49: 1-12 December 2014
Asylum seekers might soon have to reveal details of their personal finances and educational qualifications to the South African authorities before their applications will be considered. The EU's top court has ruled that refugees who claim asylum on the grounds that they are homosexual should not have to undergo tests to prove it. Several hundred Christians have been living in the concrete skeleton of a three-storey shopping centre in Iraq’s Kurdish region since Islamic State militants overran their home town of Qaraqosh, east of Mosul. Global total of 348,000 migrants have embarked upon dangerous sea journeys to escape conflicts or economic hardship so far this year, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday. Nearly 4,300 of them have died during those journeys. Suspected Boko Haram militants have struck in two state capitals in north-east Nigeria, with suicide attacks by female bombers in Maiduguri. A boat carrying African migrants has sunk off Yemen's western coast, killing 70 people.
Press Review 46: 10-14 November 2014
African nations seeks ways to stop flow of refugees to South Africa. The case for including migration in the post-2015 agenda. Turkey's 'other' refugees languish in limbo. Syria war refugees' key role in telling the story. Analysis: Refugee or IDP - does it really matter? Students killed in Nigeria bomb attack. Zimbabwean officials deny vice-president's resignation. Nigerian president to run for second term. Syrian rebels reject UN's Aleppo truce plan. Ebola death toll up 200 since Friday, WHO figures show. Mali quarantines clinic after second Ebola death. Tunisia prepares for Libya influx despite hardened attitudes. Angola 'killing, torturing opponents'. Burkina roadmap agreed 'but needs top brass OK'. Rome evacuates children from immigrant center as violence mounts. Obama Plan May Allow Millions of Immigrants to Stay and Work in U.S.
Press Review 44: 27 October – 2 November 2014
Manus Island asylum seeker writes to UN in bid to access healthcare. Merkel calls for aid to Syrian refugees. Italian navy says it will continue refugee rescue mission despite plan to scrap it. Syria's neighbours risk 'host-country fatigue'. 29,000 asylum cases still unresolved from 2007, say MPs. Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence. Please return home, Interior CS Joseph ole Lenku tells refugees. Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel. Harrowing video shows scene of bloody devastation after Syrian army allegedly drops two banned 'barrel bombs' on refugee camp, killing up to 75 people. South Sudanese refugees face flooding and difficult dynamics in Ethiopia. CAR: The search for justice. Mozambique: Divided CNE Declares Frelimo Victory. Nigeria: 41 Boko Haram Members Beheaded in Biu. 20 killed in renewed clashes in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. President Michael Sata’s body returns to Zambia as political rivals jockey for position. Burkina Faso crisis: Army 'must give power to civilians'. SA man tested for Ebola. South African peacekeepers ambushed in Sudan. South Africa's health system shuns asylum seekers.
Africans on the Move – French Summary
La mobilité humaine joue un rôle important dans l’histoire du continent Africain. Au cours des années précédentes, les tendances et guides de la migration ont été due à la globalisation du marché de travail et des transformations socio-économiques et politiques, qui avaient affecté la plupart des sociétés africaines. Pour beaucoup des pays d’origine de la migration la main d’œuvre représente une stratégie pour soutenir les ressources de revenu et réduire la pauvreté. Le changement climatique, les désastres naturels et les crises sous-estimant la stabilité des pays africains avaient généré des larges nombres de refugies.
Africans on the move – English Version
Human mobility plays an important role in the history of the African continent. Over the past decades, migration trends and patterns have modified due to the globalization of the labour market and the socio-economic and political transformations which have affected most African societies. For many sending countries labour migration represents a strategy to support livelihoods and reduce poverty. Climate change, natural disasters and crises undermining the political stability of African states have generated large numbers of refugees. This publication contains an analysis of four-country profiles on human mobility in Ghana, Nigeria, Angola and South Africa. It reflects relevant data and trends concerning migration and asylum flows, identifies government agencies, academic institutions and civil society groups dealing with migrants and refugees in the listed countries. The study also provides a critical assessment of the migration and asylum governance and points out some relevant research gaps and areas for further research.
Press review 42: 13-19 October 2014
Tanzania gives Burundi refugees citizenship. Australia asylum cases challenged in court. Tunisia’s seaborne samaritans rescue stranded migrants. Brazil: The 'El Dorado' for international migrants. Somalia's Falis Abdi Mohamud in Netherlands asylum bid. Refugees: Out of the frying pan and into the fire of South Africa’s healthcare system. Use abandoned British army equipment to save Iraqi refugees, say campaigners. Rwanda: Two Aid Agencies Blocking Repatriation of Rwandan Refugees in DRC. Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights. Lebanon sharply limits Syrian refugee entry. Bulgaria Violates International Law By Denying Syrians Asylum, Rights Group Says. Somalia: Amid Unstable Security, UN Warns of Growing Humanitarian Crisis. Kent charity delivers aid to Calais migrants. Ebola crisis: UN launches urgent appeal for donations. DRC expels top UN official. Mass jailbreak as DRC violence worsens. Mozambique Opposition Party to Challenge Election Credibility. SAPS 'breaking law' by detaining alleged illegal migrants. Relatives fear for detainee. HRC probes dark heart of Lindela.
South Africa: Supreme Court of Appeal judgment on asylum seekers and refugees right to trade
Asylum seekers and refugees' entitlement to apply for licenses to trade in spaza and tuck-shops - no blanket prohibition against self-employment either in terms of the Constitution or applicable legislation - s22 of the Constitution not a bar right to dignity implicated - vulnerable position of asylum seekers and refugees considered - South Africa's international obligations noted.
CPLO Briefing paper 361: Undocumented migration and foreign children
The briefing paper by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) provides an overview to the issue of undocumented migration and foreign children in South Africa.