migration

Hotline Number to Report Xenophobia

CSOs from across Gauteng, together with the South African Council of Churches, have put their heads and resources together to combat any threats of xenophobia once the World Cup has ended.

One of the initiatives they intend using to achieve this is a hotline number, which will be linked to police in all the nine provinces, for foreign nationals who are concerned about their safety.

Take Xenophobia Threats Seriously, Says SACC

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says it is concerned that government officials are not taking the xenophobic threats seriously, claiming that these are just rumours.

SACC general-secretary, Eddie Makue, points out that, “This is not just a rumour. The threats for us are real and we want to see action from the police."

Makue says the SACC as a civil society organisation is not happy that the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, adding that the threats were just rumours to discredit the World Cup.

Displaced Sudanese Return, says IOM

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says that just over half of about four million people who fled the civil war in South Sudan have returned there after the 2005 peace agreement.

IOM spokesperson, Jean Philippe Chauzy, states that the pace of return slowed significantly after more than 1.47 million went home during the first two years, with just 160 000 going back in 2009.

SA-Zim Migration Agreement

South Africa and Zimbabwe have signed a four-year agreement to promote safe labour migration between the two Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries.

Zimbabwe’s Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Paurina Mpariwa, says that the agreement seeks to facilitate the safe and temporary migration of Zimbabweans to work in Limpopo (agricultural sector).

IOM, USAID, Launch Ripfumelo Project

Long treks, hard living and poor pay - the life of a migrant farm worker is not easy, and can even be downright risky. But a new programme aims to reduce that risk, at least when it comes to HIV.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched Ripfumelo ("believe" in xiTsonga), a project aimed at expanding access to HIV-related services among an estimated 20 000 migrant workers in northern Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

IOM Helps Zimbabweans Go Home

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it is helping Zimbabweans who had hoped to find a better life in South Africa to return home.

The organisation says it arranged a bus trip for 33 people to return to Zimbabwe from Johannesburg's Central Methodist Church last week.

The church is crowded with hundreds of Zimbabweans who have fled their troubled country.

Crossing the Threshold of Regionalism

Crossing the Threshold of Regionalism is a policy brief that reviews social security systems in Southern Africa. In the context of increased cross border migration as a result of deeper regional integration and deteriorating living conditions in some countries, the brief examines the possibility of social benefits for migrant workers in Southern Africa being portable across countries in the region.

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