Tag Archive: 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.
National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure Report on violence against foreign nationals
The Departments of Police, Home Affairs and Small Business Development briefed a joint meeting of the Home Affairs, Police, International Relations and Cooperation, Justice and Small Business Development Portfolio Committees about the recent attacks against foreign nationals and related small businesses. Police made reference to the underlying causes which included competition over resources; rivalry for jobs; business rivalry between foreigners and South Africans; a failure to regulate the registration of businesses at local government level; the involvement of émigré communities in crime and the incitement and spreading of misinformation on social media platforms. In the last two weeks, 2 767 people had applied for voluntary repatriation.
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.
VIDEO: Unemployment & immigration in S.Africa
It is estimated that there are millions of illegal immigrants living in South Africa. Recently, Zimbabweans were issued special permits allowing them to stay in South Africa yet there are millions more undocumented immigrants in the country and this has created an oversupply of labour in semi and unskilled sectors. Through the new immigration rules the Department of Home Affairs is trying to reduce the influx of immigrants entering South Africa. CNBC Africa's Thomas Maree filed this report.
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.
Press Review 50: 23 March-09 April 2015
The Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini has called for the deportation of foreign nationals living in the country saying it was unacceptable for locals to compete with people from other countries for the few economic opportunities available. President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward, has come out in full support of King Goodwill Zwelithini's controversial call to deport foreigners from SA. The South African Home Affairs Minister has apologised to foreigners who were attacked and driven from their homes in Durban last week. The Zambian Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Col. Kaunda Tushuke Panji says his country will expel Rwandans who live in Zambia illegally as part of renewed bid to implement the cessation clause. Thousands of Yemeni refugees are expected in the Horn of Africa as fighting escalates between rebels and troops loyal to the ousted president.