​High Unemployment: More Asylum Seeks in SA

According a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.

In the first quarter of 2016, unemployment rose to 26.7 percent from 24.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.

This translates to more than five million people in South Africa who are actively seeking employment, the figure excludes millions of job seekers who have given up looking for work.

​Asylum Seeks Allege SA Secretly Deport Them

Asylum seekers The Citizen spoke to say it seems to be up to your luck if you get asked to go to the ‘deportation room’.

According to two Malawian brothers who have been living in South Africa for more than 10 years, the Department of Home Affairs is ‘randomly deporting’ Malawians and Zimbabweans, and perhaps people of other nationalities too.

Andy (not his real name), a qualified electrical technician, who  is now living in South Africa as an undocumented migrant, says he will rather take his chances with getting arrested.

Botswana Commended Over Asylum Seekers

A group of Botswana non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have commended the government for declaring that a group of Eritrean soccer players seeking political asylum in the country should go through the normal application process.
In a joint press statement, the NGOs pointed out that they are convinced that the Botswana government is committed to international, regional and national human rights standards in accordance with the country’s membership of the African Union and the United Nations.

Municipality Closes Last Refugee Camp

The eThekwini municipality has announced the closure of the last camp in Durban for those displaced by xenophobic violence.

The Chatsworth camp was home to foreign nationals who were displaced during the violent attacks earlier this year.

City spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa, says the foreign nationals were informed about the closure, adding that, “The aim of establishing the interim shelter was to protect the displaced African immigrants from the then volatile situation they faced back in their communities."

Call to Rethink of Operation Fiyela

Human rights activists, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), has secured a court order in the Johannesburg High Court halting the deportation of those held at Lindela repatriation centre for two weeks.

After LHR secured a court order allowing its lawyers access to their clients late‚ Johannesburg police station commanders refused to comply with it over the weekend.

30 000 to March Against Xenophobia

Controversial Bishop Paul Verryn‚ Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor at University of the Witwatersrand and expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, are among those confirmed to address the People’s March Against Xenophobia‚ which takes place in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In a press statement, People's March Against Xenophobia points out that the march is being organised by “an emergency coalition convened to confront the horrors of xenophobia in South Africa‚ taking a stand to denounce the violence and embrace unity.”

SA Urged to Investigate Soweto Lootings

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa says it is concerned about the recent spate of violence and looting in Soweto that mainly affects foreigners and asylum seekers.

UNHCR spokesperson, Tina Ghelli, says they will together with their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners be speaking to community leaders as well undertaking a study of the shops affected by the looting.

Minister Favours SAHRC Office at Lindela

Following numerous reports of abuse, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to establish an office at the Lindela Repatriation Centre.
This month the home affairs portfolio committee convened a meeting at which parliamentarians called for ‘a special meeting’ with the department and the SAHRC to deal with issues regarding Lindela Repatriation Centre.


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