Tag Archive: South Africa
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.
Press Review 40: 29 September – 5 October 2014
Nauru asylum seekers sew lips shut in protest over Cambodia transfer. Basic needs unmet for UK asylum-seekers. Somalia battles al-Shabab for Galgala mountains. DRC ex-militiamen, relatives starve to death. Rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo slow to disarm. Libya aid push constrained by insecurity. Boko Haram video shows Abubakar Shekau alive. Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads. Ebola outbreak: 'Five infected every hour' in Sierra Leone. Now hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa. Somali troops 'capture key port town' from al-Shabab. Court defends rights of foreigners. Prepared for permits says SA.
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.
Press review 39: 22-28 September 2014
Official: Refugees could soon settle in Cambodia. Australian-Cambodian refugee agreement could set disturbing precedent – UN agency. Germany organizing conference on refugee crisis. Gay Asylum Seekers Forced to ‘Prove’ Their Sexuality. Ebola-hit nations may 'face collapse'. New Study Warns of Thousands More Ebola Cases in W. Africa. Chad becomes 37th African state to seek ban on homosexuality. Impoverished Zim squeezes poor. Worst case: 'Ebola could infect 1.4 million, rumble on for years, become a permanent feature, lead to new conflict'. Zimbabweans in SA can renew work permits from next week. Visa hearings: ‘cost to tourism too high’. Court: Home Affairs disregarded rights. SA to Deport Illegal Zimbas.
Press review 38: 15-21 September 2014
Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name? Mapping Mediterranean migration UN global stateless forum calls for rights for 10 million ‘invisible people’. Has the great climate change migration already begun? Natural disasters displaced more people than war in 2013, study finds. Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea? Malta boat sinking 'leaves 500 dead' - IOM. Bill Shorten says Australia should consider increasing refugee intake. What is it like to be a doctor in immigration detention centres? South Sudan backtracks on foreign worker policy. Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees. Nigeria's police, army 'have institutionalised torture'. Ebola spirals out of control in West Africa. Hundreds of Syrian Kurds Fleeing Islamic State Gather on Turkish Border. Taming the beast. Killings spark fear in Somali community. South African move on child trafficking.
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 36: 1-7 September 2014
Thousands of Refugee Children Are Suffering in Thai Detention. Australia asylum seeker 'brain dead' after infection - activists. Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar. Ethiopia refugee camp submerged by floods. Red Cross to Kenyatta: send troops to quell clan clashes. Namibia: Call to Restrict Travellers From Ebola-Hit DRC. Landlord migrant check scheme to be rolled out in West Midlands. Calais migrants foiled as they try to storm ferry. Northern Nigeria: ruined lives. Mozambique rivals sign landmark peace deal. Sierra Leone to order anti-Ebola shutdown. US confirms al-Shabab leader Ahmed Godane killed. Brits are worst in over-stay stakes. South African stuck in Ebola-hit Liberia.
Press Review 35: 25-31 August 2014
Several thousand children deprived of schooling because of immigration status, group says. Australia sued over asylum detainees' health care. 170 bodies found week after sinking. Detention of migrants at Lindela is unlawful. UN: Children with albinism segregated in Tanzania. Experts: Torture common in E Africa, DRC. UN backs military action against DRC rebels. Israel confirms Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire - official. 9 killed in clashes between rivals in Somalia. More caregivers needed. New dawn for policing.
Review: SIHMA/CPLO Seminar 3 Towards a regional integrated migration regime: A future perspective – 3 September 2014
The movement of people is not a new phenomenon to the continent, as Africa has a long history of migration. Cross border migration patterns are influenced by political and economic agreements, which is evident in how colonialism and then apartheid in South Africa shaped cross border labour movement that has continued up to the present. Since the 1994 political changes in South Africa and the progressive globalisation of the economy, there has been a rapid intensification of cross border movements and regional migration between Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Despite several regional proposals and discussions a full consensus on a formal regional labour migration framework to govern the free movement of people has not yet been achieved. This seminar provided an overview of the development of the SADC regional labour migration framework and discuss the correlations and implications of such a framework on refugee movements.
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.