Tag Archive: southern Africa
Press Review 6 April 2016
According to an analysis of UN High Commissioner for Refugees data conducted by Code4SA's Data Journalism Academy, in 2014 and the first half of 2015, the Department of Home Affairs turned down 81% of refugee applications, compared with the international average of 21%. Immigration lawyers have accused the Department of Home Affairs of being in contempt of a High Court order after the department withdrew an instruction allowing asylum seekers and refugees to apply for permanent residence without giving up their asylum or refugee status, and to apply for temporary residence without a valid passport. Africans are among the most mobile people on earth. 31 million people from the continent have migrated to various parts of the world, including many African countries. Some people choose to migrate, while others are forced to do so either due to war, poverty or persecution
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.
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.
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.
CPLO Briefing paper 361: Undocumented migration and foreign children
The briefing paper by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) provides an overview to the issue of undocumented migration and foreign children in South Africa.
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.