Working Papers

Written by:

Mayibuye Magwaza

Labour and Asylum: Regional Approaches to Migration (CPLO Briefing Paper 363)

Image by Dimpho Sametsi from Pixabay All over the world, millions of people continue to move from one region to another, seeking sanctuary from violence and poverty. Almost monthly, a fresh horror emerges from the waters around southern Europe, where thousands of people risk the voyage from North Africa in leaky, unseaworthy boats. In one such incident in September 2014 approximately 500 migrants died when their boat sank near Malta. According to initial reports, traffickers deliberately sank the...

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Mayibuye Magwaza

Undocumented Migrants and Foreign Children: Suffering in Search of a Better Life (CPLO Briefing paper 361)

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Introduction For undocumented migrants, seeking a better life in a foreign country often entails enormous risks. In Europe, thousands of people have died attempting to enter the continent via leaky, unseaworthy boats. In a single incident in 2013, over 300 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off the island of Lampedusa, near Italy. Pope Francis decried this event as a ‘disgrace’ and condemned the ‘global indifference’ to the plight of migrants1. Closer to...

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International Crisis Group - Africa Briefing 100: 8 August 2014

Eritrea: Ending the Exodus?

Image by Silvia De Giovanni from Pixabay Authoritarian rule, social malaise and open-ended national service drive thousands of young people to flee Eritrea every month, exposing the shortcomings of a leadership that has lost the confidence of the next generation. The International Crisis Group’s latest briefing Eritrea: Ending the Exodus? shows that while the government turned this flight to its advantage for a time, the scale – and attendant criminality – of the exodus are now pressing problems. The...

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Gino J. Naldi and Cristiano d'Orsi

THE MULTI-FACETED ASPECTS OF ASYLUM-LAW APPLICABLE TO AFRICA: ANALYSIS FOR REFLECTION

Image by jacqueline macou from Pixabay   One of the distinctive features of the pan-African approach to dealing with the refugee problem is the prominence given to the concept of asylum, which is the focus of this essay. However, before so doing, it is necessary to briefly explain the concept of asylum, and to distinguish it from that of the refugee; although they overlap, they are not identical.  

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Cristiano d’Orsi

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: IS A NEW SPECIAL REGIONAL REFUGEE LAW REGIME EMERGING?

Image by Karl Allen Lugmayer from Pixabay   This article analyzes some specific aspects of the present refugee law regime in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to assess how the institution of asylum, considered the “traditional” solution for both individuals and groups of people who are obliged to flee from their own countries, is legally perceived and applied in this continent. This paper first focuses on the notion of non-refoulement, a cornerstone of...