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National Reconciliation Day 2023: Embracing Unity by Recognizing the Contribution of Migrants, Refugees, and Asylees

Dec 15, 2023
Categories: Migrants Migration in Africa

As South Africa prepares to mark National Reconciliation Day on 16 December 2023, SIHMA recognizes the vital role of migrants, refugees, and asylees in shaping the narrative of inclusive nation-building. Under the theme "Strengthening unity and social cohesion in a healing nation," this year's celebration provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of all who live in South Africa, including those who have crossed borders in search of peace and prosperity. National Reconciliation Day stands as a testament to the...

December Press Review

Dec 07, 2023
Categories: press review

International  Across the globe, compassion for migrants has given way to cruel, performative politics The Guardian, 12 Nov 2023 The article argues that leaders in various countries, including Britain, Italy, Tunisia, and Pakistan, are using tough immigration policies as a distraction from domestic failures. The focus on performative policymaking, such as deportation schemes and detention centers, is criticized for being more about projecting an image of toughness than addressing the actual complexities of immigration. The author highlights the contradiction between...

The 1969 OAU Refugee Convention – A Vital Pillar for Human Dignity in Africa

Dec 05, 2023
Categories: African Union Migration in Africa Migration Policies

As the world faces unprecedented levels of conflict, displacement, and migration, the need to ensure the rights and dignity of asylum seekers and refugees is more urgent than ever. While international discussion of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees intensifies, it is essential to shed light on another legal instrument that plays a critical role in protecting those forced to flee their homes – the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention. In response to new...

“The nexus of human trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees"

Nov 28, 2023
Categories: Refugees Trafficking in Persons Discussion

  “Refugees at Risk: UNDOC uncovers human trafficking at camp in Malawi.” – UNDOC, May 2022. “IOM warns of increased risk of trafficking in persons for people fleeing Ukraine.” – IOM, March 2022.  “Girls sold into forced labour. Largest group of trafficking victims identified by IOM in Bangladesh refugee camps” – IOM, October 2018.  Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons refers to “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or...

The White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection: Towards a Complete Overhaul of Migration Protection

Nov 21, 2023
Categories: Migration Policies news

Photo byJacques Nel on Unsplash On 10 November 2023, the Department of Home Affairs, South Africa published “The White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection: Towards a Complete Overhaul of Migration Protection”.  This follows after the decision to embark on drafting of the new law which addresses the citizenship, immigration and refugee protection needs in the country. The White Paper has been published in the Government Gazette No. 49661 on 10 November 2023. The public and different...

Negotiating Livelihood and Belonging: An Explorative Study of the Resources Available to African Migrant Women in South Africa

Nov 14, 2023
Categories: Gender and migration

Studying migration, in the South African context, requires an unfolding of historical and contemporary experiences. These experiences are often woven together with cultural, societal, economic, political, and bureaucratic challenges. While the challenges faced by African migrant women are diverse and complex, gender often influences the nature and intensity of these experiences. African migrant women often find themselves at the nexus of discrimination and marginalization within South Africa. Studies have shown that migrant women’s experiences and navigation of everyday...