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Refugee Aid Organisation: Social Worker

The Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO) is an organisation that assists refugees and asylum seekers with social assistance. RAO is dedicated in integrating their clients into society and to promote the awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach.

RAO seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Pretoria.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide all levels of social work services, especially statutory services;
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Participate in all RAO programmes.

Requirements: 

Angolan Refugees Return From DRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that tens of thousands of Angolans living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are set to return home, for some after more than 50 years in exile.

UNHCR spokesperson, Celine Schmitt, points out that a first group of 500 people left Kinshasa by train and are expected to stay overnight at a transit centre in Kimpese in the southeast on the way to the border.

Adonis Musati Project: Coordinator - Peer Support Group Programme

The Adonis Musati Project (AMP) was named after a young Zimbabwean man who died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while queuing to get his asylum papers. The project strives to empower marginalised refugees and migrants in South Africa through fostering sustainable support networks and encouraging personal development that achieves lasting change.

Scalabrini Centre: Career Counsellor

The Scalabrini Centre offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town. In providing assistance, the organisation uses a holistic approach that considers all basic needs and human rights.

The Scalabrini Centre seeks to appoint a Career Counsellor, based in Cape Town.

The Counsellor should be a South African citizen with extensive knowledge of the labour market in the Western Cape.

Refugee Aid Organisation: Social Worker

The Refugee Aid Organisation (RAO) is an organisation that assists refugees and asylum seekers with social assistance. RAO is dedicated in integrating their clients into society and to promote the awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach.

RAO seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Pretoria.

Responsibilities:

  • Statutory Interventions;
  • Home visits and assessments;
  • Counsel and group work;
  • Develop training sessions for children and adults;
  • Fundraising.

Requirements:

Scalabrini Centre: Advocacy Officer - Refugee Rights

Perceiving migration as an opportunity, Scalabrini Centre is committed to alleviating poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering integration between migrants, refugees and South Africans. In providing our assistance we advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.

Scalabrini Centre seeks to appoint an Advocacy Officer, based in Cape Town.

Millions of Refugees Displaced Globally

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the Syrian civil war contributed to push the numbers of refugees and those displaced by conflict within their own nation to an 18-year high of 45.2 million worldwide by the end of 2012.

The UN refugee agency says those are the highest numbers since 1994, when people fled genocide in Rwanda and bloodshed in former Yugoslavia.

It says by the end of last year, the world had 15.4 million refugees, 937 000 asylum seekers and 28.8 million people who had been forced to flee within the borders of their own countries.

Protect and Celebrate Contributions Made by Refugees

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) observes World Refugee Day 2013 by calling for more recognition of the positive contributions refugees make in their host countries. The world observes World Refugee Day on 20 June every year. 2013 is no different. Hundreds of events have been organised to commemorate this day. The sad reality is that people continue to be displaced on a daily basis as we continue to witness human suffering because of conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and various parts of the world.
 

Farmworkers’ Access to Healthcare Improves

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says although migrant farmworkers do not have much of a chance at accessing social security their access to healthcare in South Africa has improved.

According to an officer in charge of the IOM’s office in Musina, Mpilo Nkomo, in 2006, the South African and Zimbabwean governments began a joint border project to ensure improved access for migrants to healthcare, adding that: “That and other efforts to shift attitudes have paid off.”

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