Tag Archive: xenophobia
Press Review 11 July 2016
On 24 June, the Cape Town High Court upheld a decision to keep the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) closed. The Scalabrini Centre and Others had challenged the Director General of Home Affairs' decision to keep the office closed after being ordered to re-examine the decision and to do further research. Our most frequent visitors are from neighbours in Africa; our migration policies still favour former colonial powers; thousands try for refugee status here but few get it; and business migrants are increasingly coming from China. The Ministry of Home Affairs has just released the Green Paper on International Migration. Green paper on proposed new policies aims to clamp down on ‘economic migrants’ seeking asylum to live and work in SA Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s long-promised clampdown on “economic migrants” is taking shape.
2016 World Refugee Day held at St Patrick’s Parish in Johannesburg
On June 19, the Johannesburg Archdiocese, in partnership with its Department of Pastoral care for Migrants and Refugees, the Bienvenue Shelter and the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), commemorated World Refugee Day with an event held at the St Patrick`s Catholic Church in La Rochelle.
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.
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.