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April 2022 - Press Review



Asylum seeker’s bribery case highlights plight of refugees

Eye Witness News, 04 April 2022

As the head of Advocacy of Scalabrini Center James Chapman highlighted, refugees and asylum seekers should not be mislabelled with unfavourable terms, considering that it only helps rising the already existent xenophobic rhetoric.

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Zimbabwean violently murdered by mob in South Africa

Zim Live, 07 April 2022

Elvis Nyathi, a Zimbabwean citizen, was brutally killed by a mob in the Gauteng township of Diepsloot. According to the witnesses, the mob went knocking on doors demanding to see passports and documentation from foreign nationals. When Elvis tried to run away they chased him down and brutally killed him. Police Minister Bheki Cele was visiting the area just few hours before, following many complaints of the rising of crime rates.

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 Home Affairs to open refugee offices after two-year closure

News24, 21 April 2022

The Department of Home Affairs announced the reopening of the Refugee Reception Offices (RRO) for the 3rd of May. Since the 26th March 2020 RROs have been closed due to the pandemic measures making it impossible to apply for any new asylum application and complicating the process for the ones who have documentation.

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South Africa’s COVID relief measures mostly excluded refugees: a neglect of duty

The Conversation, 27 April 2022

Despite the government’s responsibility to protect refugees and asylum seekers, many were excluded from their socio-economic rights during the pandemic. For instance refugees and asylum seekers were excluded from food aid and were only allowed to get the unemployment relief after litigation by the Scalabrini Centre.

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Congolese refugees in Uganda afraid to move back to their villages

Africa News, 04 April 2022

According to UN’s statistics 10.000 DRC nationals have fled to Uganda because of the ongoing conflicts in the Northern East region. The Congolese government is asking its citizens to regain their villages but many refugees are reluctant fearing for their lives.

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25 migrants, abandoned in the Niger desert by smuggler, rescued

Africa News, 05 April 2022

25 migrants were rescued after a smuggler abandoned them in the middle of the Sahara desert. After leaving from Agadez in northern Niger, the survivors remained without food or water for three days in the desert.

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West Africa is facing its worst food crisis in a decade

Africa News, 06 April 2022

Many international organizations are warning the public on the alerting situation that many regions in West Africa are facing. With the drought, the increase of food prices and reduction of food sources this decade has been hit by the worst food crisis.

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Egypt: UN experts condemn expulsions of Eritrean asylum seekers despite risks of torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance

OHCHR, 13 April 2022

UN experts deplored Egypt’s recent ongoing collective expulsions of Eritrean asylum seekers, and called on the authorities to immediately halt any further forced returns. They also reminded that collective expulsion is prohibited by International Human Rights law.

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African refugees in Tunisia demand evacuation to different countries

Africa News, 19 April 2022

Many refugees protested in front of the UNCHR office in Tunis demanding to be evacuated and denouncing the precarious situation they live in. Migrants and refugees are often subjected to racism and xenophobia resulting in verbal and physical abuse.

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UK plan to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda is cruelty itself

HRW, 14 April 2022

The British Government signed an agreement with the Rwandan Government to send back the asylum seekers to their home country during the claim process. With this new Asylum Partnership Arrangement, all asylum seekers who entered irregularly in the UK could be returned to Rwanda while their case is being processed and only if recognized as refugee, they will able to go back to the UK.

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US: Secretary Mayorkas designates Cameroon for TPS

DHS Government, 15 April 2022

The U.S.’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Cameroonians already residing the country will be granted a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months. This permit will protect them from deportation and will also allow them to work.

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Unaccompanied minors face neglect in UK refugee accommodation

Infomigrants, 19 April 2022

NGOs are warning about the conditions in which unaccompanied minors are living in the UK. Many have reported inadequate health and hygiene standards, as well as insufficient food. Various charity workers reported that 16 unaccompanied refugee minors went missing from these inappropriate accommodation.

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US detention of asylum seekers ‘inhumane and wasteful’

Aljazeera, 21 April 2022

According to a report from the Human Rights First NGO, thousands of asylum seekers in the United States are jailed unlawfully violating international human rights. The report showed that thousands of them were held in custody when they had the right to live in the U.S. according to their asylum decision.

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Poland’s resources running dry as Ukrainian refugee crisis continues

NBC News, 30 April 2022

As the number of Ukrainian refugees continue to rise, Poland is struggling to keep up with the continuous flows. The material and human resources and starting to recede, as the country is hosting around 3 million refugees.

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