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Press Review December 2019

Jan 09, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Home Affairs: Tshwane UNHCR Protesters Can Live Legally in SA December 5, 2019 Protesters who had camped outside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Pretoria last month are legally entitled to be in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs on Thursday said it checked their status and was trying to get them to return to their homes in the country. Full report:   South Africa fails in duty to offer refuge

Press Review November 2019

Dec 05, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Foreign protesters not our problem, says Home Affairs 13 November 2019 It is not the job of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to identify the protesters camped outside the UN refugee agency in Pretoria. This is according to its latest court papers submitted to the Pretoria High Court as part of litigation aimed at having the protesters removed from living on the pavements...

Press Review September 2019

Oct 03, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE South Africa apologises to Nigeria after anti-migrant violence 16 September 2019 South African envoy expressed the country’s “sincerest apologies” to Nigeria on Monday, after a wave of anti-migrant attacks swept through Johannesburg and surrounding cities in recent weeks, fuelling diplomatic tensions. A meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital Abuja was held to convey President Cyrial Ramaphosa’s “sincere apologies about the incident that has recently...

Press Review July 2019

Aug 01, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE Fewer than 1 in 6 asylum seekers in SA granted refugee status 9 July 2019 Not even one out of six asylum seekers seeking refuge in South Africa are granted refugee status. Over the past 10 years, the Department of Home Affairs processed 633 395 applications, only granting 99 624 of these applications. This means 533 771 people, mostly coming from war-torn and severely distressed countries, had...

Press Review June 2019

Jul 04, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE Landmark court ruling gives refugees’ status in South Africa 25 June 2019 The Western Cape High Court has given a crucial lifeline to refugee families from across Africa who have sought asylum in South Africa for many years. As reported by EWN, on Wednesday, 19 June, the court ruled in favour of the University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights Unit, allowing refugee families access to documentation that...

Press Review May 2019

Jun 06, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE How Xenophobia Has Become Normalized in South African Politics 21 May 2019 Anti-immigrant rhetoric has steadily seeped into mainstream political discourse in South Africa, where immigration has long been a contentious issue as the country is a primary destination for migrants from across the African continent. In the general election earlier this month, both major political parties, the ruling African National Congress and the opposition Democratic Alliance, advocated stricter...