Tag Archive: refugees
Roundtable discussion on Migration in South Africa: forthcoming challenges
The City of Johannesburg hosts one of the largest populations of refugees and asylum seekers on the African continent. The Catholic Church and its various agencies is in the forefront of service provision. The year that lies ahead will present us with fundamental changes in the socio-political environment in which we operate
2015 Asylum Statistics South Africa
Immigration Regulations: update by Inter-Ministerial Committee; Asylum & Travel statistics, with Minister
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.
Press Review 52 28 April-13 May 2015
After the recent xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa, the numbers of immigrants in the news vary widely with many putting the figures of African migrants in South Africa at 5 million, others suggesting it at 2 million. The 2011 Census puts the number of migrants in South Africa at about 2.2 million. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said that they were being denied access to over 200 foreign nationals arrested during a raid on the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg this weekend. African reporters and politicians have been criticized for their silence and turning a blind eye on the crisis in the Mediterranean. Tens of thousands of refugees risk their lives trying to get to Europe. What is surprising is the fact that such news rarely make headlines in an African newspaper. Over 22 000 refugees from Burundi have fled to Rwanda in response to youth militia intimidation in light of the protests over the current president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office. Over 22 000 refugees from Burundi have fled to Rwanda in response to youth militia intimidation in light of the protests over the current president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office. Spanish border guards discovered an 8 year old migrant boy inside a suitcase owned by a 19 year old woman from Morocco. This was at a border crossing between Morocco and the Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. An X-ray scan revealed the boy.
Regional Integration and Regional Migration Trends: Home Affairs, IOM & African Centre for Migration & Society briefing
Three entities briefed the Committee on regional integration and regional migration trends. The International Organisation on Migration (IOM), the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) and the Department of Home Affairs
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.
Migration Policy Brief – Issue 1
The objective of this migration policy brief is to discuss the findings of a survey carried out among Angolans living in Cape Town as well as to present some policy recommendations.
ICMA 2014 Conference Report
The International Conference on Migration in Africa (ICMA) held on 3 December 2014 at the University of the Western Cape provided a forum to connect local, African and international scholars, academics, researchers, practitioners, professionals, policy makers and NGO representatives to discuss issues relating to human mobility in Africa. There were three panel sessions, with international and African experts, that covered the issues of south-south migration, the nexus between migration and development, irregular migration and reintegration of returnee migrants. The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) was also launched at the conference along with the recent research “Africans on the Move” that highlights the migration innovations, concerns, and practical challenges encountered in the countries Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Press review 37: 8-14 September 2014
White South African family seeking asylum in Canada granted new refugee hearing. The importance of teaching more than English to refugee students. Can legal changes stop trafficking in Yemen? High court verdict spells the end for Australian immigration detention as we know it. Refugee Children Discriminated Against In Germany, UNICEF Says. Migrants' new tactics sound alarm bells in France. The Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts. DRC opposition leader jailed for insulting Kabila. South Africa: Four Jailed for Failed Hit on General. Home affairs probes illegal deportation. Home Affairs sets up team to look at visa regulation implementation.
Press review 33 18-24 August 2013
Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis seek safety in Turkey. U.N. Plans Ambitious Operation to Help Displaced Iraqis. Algeria arrests Syrian would-be migrants. Thousands receive aid after Boko Haram siege. Ramaphosa speaks out against xenophobia. Iraqi Christians, Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State for Australia may miss out on visas.