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October Press Review


Nov 05, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Cape Town refugee crisis far from over amid government squabbles Times Live – 22 October 2020 In October 2019, refugees and asylum seekers started occupying Greenmarket Square in central Cape Town to protest against xenophobia. A year later, the crisis is far from over as neither the city nor the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is taking responsibility to find durable solutions for the protesters. Since the beginning of...

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Press Review September 2020


Oct 08, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Costly protection: Corruption in South Africa’s asylum-seeking system Lawyers for Human Rights, Scalabrini Centre & Corruption Watch – 17 September 2020 Lawyers for Human Rights, the Scalabrini Centre and Corruption Watch published a report tackling the issue of corruption in South Africa’s asylum system. Their reports, titled “Costly protection: corruption in South Africa’s asylum-seeking system”, highlights systemic governance weaknesses in South African Department of Home Affairs resulting in widespread...

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Press Review August 2020


Sep 03, 2020
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NATIONAL  COVERAGE   South Africa’s Border Management Authority dream could be a nightmare Institute for Security Studies – 11 August 2020 South Africa passed a new Border Management Authority (BMA) Act, intended to improve efficiencies by providing a single authority to oversee all aspects of the border environment. Border control was previously tasked between seven different government departments. In the effort to centralize responsibility, concerns of poor management, abuse, and...

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Press Review July 2020


Aug 06, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Covid-19 moves refugees and asylum seekers to the bottom of priorities. Maverick Citizen - 28 July 2020 In the past, South Africa was well respected for its strong rights-based legislation for refugees as well as for asylum seekers. This generosity has vanished due to the policies that seem to be parallel from the constitution. Currently, asylum seekers and refugees are facing tough moments that are arising from the...

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Press Review June 2020


Jul 02, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Refugee Act Amendments increase probability of unlawful detention says report DailyMaverick.co.za - June 11th 2020 Description: Amendments to the Refugee Act which came into effect on the 1st of January increased the probability of asylum seekers and refugees being unlawfully detained and deported. According to a report published on the 11th of June. The inclusion of a new amendment allows for the detention and removal of an asylum seeker or refugee on vague grounds of “threat to...

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Press Review May 2020


Jun 04, 2020
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National Coverage   How South Africa is denying refugees their rights: what needs to change The Conversation.com  - May 12th 2020 South Africa hosted about 273,488 refugees and asylum seekers, of whom 84% come from sub-Saharan Africa, in 2018 - the latest period for which figures are available… The policy and law applying to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa is largely progressive, [but] refugees in South Africa… face many challenges in accessing their rights to social protections...

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