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Press Review October 2022

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Hamba kahle, South Africa


Results of a survey released by infoQuest/TrendER this week indicated that 5% of employed South Africans had applied for residency in another country and would be emigrating soon. Another 14% had seriously considered emigrating and had made enquiries or submitted applications. New SA residents, mainly from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, view South Africa as their playground because of its natural beauty, open spaces and larger living areas.


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Migration policy in South Africa — how should we be thinking about it?


Finding a space for constructive conversation, and finding a balance between conflicting interests and ideologies, is super-difficult in the migration space. In circumstances where domestic unemployment and poverty are excessively high and populist politics is widespread, this is virtually impossible.


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Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Wednesday the police need help to stop illegal mining and the rise of illegal miners known as zama zamas. He stated that most undocumented migrants were zama zamas and calls on the Department of Home Affairs to play it’s part.


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Progressive immigration policies will strengthen SADC countries’ economies


SADC economies have much to gain from progressive immigration policies. But the most significant rewards will only be realised if SADC countries approach immigration as an economic opportunity to be seized rather than an enforcement problem to be solved.


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Fight against human trafficking must be strengthened in Ethiopia’s wartorn north


Throughout Ethiopia’s Tigray, Afar, and Amhar regions, women and girls fleeing the ongoing armed conflict have become increasingly vulnerable to abduction and sex trafficking. There are no sufficient actions being taken to identify victims of trafficking or support their recovery. UN experts have urged all relevant stakeholders to make sure victims of trafficking can access any medical assistance they may need, including sexual and reproductive healthcare services and psychological support.


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Five years of violence in northern Mozambique has forced nearly a million to flee


Over the past five years, nearly one million people have fled the extreme violence perpetrated by non-State armed groups in the northern area of Mozambique. The conflict in Cabo Delgado has not subsided, and the UNCHR is appealing for both an end to the bloodshed as well as more international support for the displaced and the communities hosting them. This situation, according to Spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh, has had an extreme impact on the population.


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Africa: Experts See to Turn Climate Change Tide on Migration


While speaking during the Pan African Forum on Migration, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Clementine Mukeka, claims that climate change continues to induce migration, and due to these effects human mobility in Africa is expected to increase. In Africa, migration induced by slow onset events has specifically increased over the last few decades. This includes events such as droughts, desertification, deforestation, water scarcity, rising sea levels, and coastal erosion.


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Gambia: UAE Bans 20 African Countries Including Gambia From 30-Day Visas


Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced a visa ban that will effect Gambians as well as 20 other African countries. Though no reason was given by the UAE for this ban, sources claim this decision was aimed to keep away African nationalities that have taken advantage of the visit visas to overstay in the UAE.


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‘Migrants need to come before propaganda’- Milan’s deputy mayor


Large numbers of migrants continue to show up on Italian shores, and specifically in Milan, one in four residents in the city was born abroad. This causes deputy mayor Lamberto Bertolé to claim that migration is not an emergency situation but a “structural phenomenon of our time.” Many of the migrants arriving in Milan are unaccompanied minors, which presents special challenges for deputy mayor Lamberto Bertolé.


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Venezuelan refugees and migrants struggle to survive in Latin America and the Caribbean


Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean have been struggling to rebuild their lives and integrate back into society due to the spiraling cost of living, outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and high unemployment rates. According to the Refugee and Migrant Needs Analysis (RMNA), there are approximately 4.3 million are facing challenges in this region accessing food, housing, and stable jobs. This is an important issue that needs attention soon, as so many are struggling.


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Malaysia’s forced return of Myanmar’s most vulnerable must stop: UNCHR


UNCHR spokesperson, Shabia Mantoo, claims that there have been multiple reports of deportations since April, contrary to international humanitarian law. On 21 October, an asylum-seeker from Myanmar was deported from detention despite UNCHR interventions. Myanmar has been in a civil war since February 2021 and has been sending people away, exposing them to harm and danger.


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Denmark set to keep anti-immigration policy regardless of vote


Denmark has the reputation of being one of Europe’s most restrictive countries when it comes to immigration and asylum, and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. The Danish general elections on November 1 seem to show a tight race between views on these strict policies and a record-high number of voters have changed their positions during the past few weeks prior to the polls opening.


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