Tag Archive: South Africa
OP-ED: World Social Forum on migration – a monumental foul-up
On the day the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) ended The Times reported South African authorities had released a document that would require asylum seekers to reveal personal details such as bank balances and academic qualifications.
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 48: 24- 30 November 2014
Tough conditions for CAR displaced at airport camp. Abandoned in the borderlands. Sudan: Darfur Displaced Worry About Exit UNAMID, Demand Replacement. About 100 people slaughtered in a week in DRC. Kenya bus attack: Mandera residents flee to army base. Mozambique: Dhlakama Threatens to Set Up His Own Government. Bangladesh proposes interning, repatriating up to 270K Rohingya to Myanmar. Nigeria explosion 'kills dozens' in Adamawa state. Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone. War refugees caught in a no man's land. Four dead in Egypt anti-government protest. South Africa: Refugee Dies After SA Hospital Denies Treatment, Citing Health Act. Asylum seekers run riot in Cape.
Zimbabwean Special Dispensation: South African Department of Home Affairs Presentation
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) briefed the Committee on the background to and current situation with the Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permits (ZSPs). It was noted that the Dispensation of Zimbabwe Project (DZP) was started in 2010, when it became clear that a special dispensation was needed to cope with the huge influx of people from Zimbabwe. The Department of Home Affairs had received a total of 294 511 applications, 242 731 were granted permits while 51 780 was either rejected or not finalised. On 12 August 2014, the Minister of Home Affairs announced the new Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP), to replace the DZP.
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.
Press review 41: 5-12 October 2014
Smuggling of Migrants Tops Agenda At Opening of Conference On Organized Crime. Australian Paediatricians Agree That Detaining Refugee Kids Is Child Abuse. Finding the Missing Piece of Refugee and Asylum Policy. Alternatives to refugee camps: Can policy become practice?. South Africa: Court Victory for Asylum Seekers. South Sudan: Famine Threatens South Sudan If Conflict Deepens - Report. Nine killed in eastern DRC attack. Perilous escape to an uncertain fate. High rate of abuse, rape by cops in Cape. Waiting for change at Lindela. Hunger strikers: 'They shot us in the head at Lindela'. Money bucks the corrupt system at Lindela.
A rocky road for Cape Town’s refugees
The number of illegal refugees in Cape Town is increasing after the government closed a city-based office granting permits for asylum seekers to work and study in South Africa.