Tag Archive: South Africa
Press Review 16 May 2016
The African National Congress Youth League on Tuesday slammed the hospitality industry and accused it of overlooking South African youth when hiring workers. The case between the Department of Home Affairs and immigration lawyers, who are accusing the department of being in contempt of a High Court order, has been postponed to next month. South Africa is home to over 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers, this is according to the UNHCR. In this numbers are children from neighbouring country Zimbabwe who have come to Africa’s most developed nation in hope for a better future. Well-meaning Malawians have launched an organisation to help repatriate those detained for living illegally in South Africa
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
Press Review 28 April 2016
Foreign students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday. At least two people have been burned to death in Zambia during riots targeting Rwandan-owned shops over allegations that foreigners were behind a string of ritual killings, police said on Wednesday. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Malawi has applauded the government and people of Malawi for opening their doors to Mozambican asylum seekers in need of international protection.
2015 Asylum Statistics South Africa
Immigration Regulations: update by Inter-Ministerial Committee; Asylum & Travel statistics, with Minister
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.
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 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".
Press Review 14-29 May 2015
Rights groups are outraged by the latest raids police and soldiers are conducting across the country. Hundreds of people, many of them foreign nationals have been arrested in surprise visits and unannounced raids which started shortly after last month's wave of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Human rights lawyers are interviewing hundreds of migrants rounded up last week in night raids by the South African police. African leaders urged the South African government to have more open borders to increase trade. Reports from various sources indicate that the whereabouts of over 6100 refugees and asylum seekers from different countries among them 600 from Rwanda is unknown. The UN Refugee Agency in Geneva reported that the efforts to contain a cholera outbreak that killed 31 persons among them Burundian refugees in the western Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika area are bearing fruits.
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.