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Kenya: The rise of Somali capital

2012-01-18, Issue 566

In this article from the online journal The Chimurenga Chronic Parselelo Kantai looks at the rise of Somali diaspora capital in Nairobi. 'Somali money was supplanting more established ethnic capital; the Indian and Kikuyu, the two most visible mercan...

Global: Tracing the UK's restrictionist asylum policies

2012-01-18, Issue 566

Over the last 20 years, there has been a radical shift in public perceptions of and political reactions to asylum seekers in democratic states across the world. As numbers of asylum seekers have risen, at times dramatically, governments of all politi...

Global: Displaced women's aid needs overlooked

2012-01-19, Issue 566

Aid agencies and donors are failing to take into account the relief and security needs of women displaced by disasters and conflicts, according to Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). For example, in Pakistan...

DRC: Two deaths in three weeks in Spain's notorious detention centres

2012-01-19, Issue 566

In the early hours of 5 January, a 21-year-old man from Guinea-Conraky, died in Barcelona's immigration detention centre after complaining of chest pains or (according to another report) breathing problems. The young man was the second person to die...

Nigeria: Boko Haram displaced fear returning home

2012-01-19, Issue 566

Many of the tens of thousands of civilians who have fled their homes following a string of deadly attacks by 'terrorist group' Boko Haram in northern Nigeria over recent weeks have not yet been able to return home - or been offered any shelter by the...

Ethiopia: Forced relocations bring hunger, hardship

2012-01-22, Issue 566

The Ethiopian government under its villagization' program is forcibly relocating approximately 70,000 indigenous people from the western Gambella region to new villages that lack adequate food, farmland, healthcare, and educational facilities, Human ...

Global: For the respect of migrants

2012-01-23, Issue 566

The unequal development that characterises the world today is forcing vastly more and more people to look for a better future in another country. In the last few decades international migration has grown enormously. The neo-liberal policies that domi...

Somalia: US bank move highlights importance of remittances

2012-01-09, Issue 565

The welfare of hundreds of thousands of Somalis who depend on financial assistance from the diaspora is at risk following a decision by a US bank to close down accounts of Somali money transfer companies in the state of Minnesota by 30 December, acco...

Egypt: Organ trafficking on the rise, says report

2012-01-11, Issue 565

The political unrest that rocked Egypt last year seems to have shaken the country's law enforcement apparatus, creating loopholes for organ traffickers. During that period, cases of organ trafficking of Sudanese refugees and other political asylum se...

Global: The state of environmental migration

2012-01-11, Issue 565

This volume published at the end of 2011 is intended to be the first of an annual series, which will aim to provide the reader with regularly-updated qualitative assessments on the changing nature and dynamics of environmental migration throughout th...

Angola: Angola gets strict with illegal Nam immigrants

2012-01-12, Issue 565

The Angolan government has warned Namibians living illegally in that country to get their papers in order. Namibians living or grazing their cattle in the Cunene and Quando Cubango provinces bordering Namibia have been urged to apply for residence pe...

Mauritania: Former refugees demand return of land

2012-01-12, Issue 565

A hundred former Mauritanian refugees, repatriated from Senegal, have staged a protest outside the National Assembly, demanding that their agricultural land, confiscated after their expulsion in 1989, be returned to them, PANA reports. They are also ...

Global: Exploring the impact of new technologies on the displaced

2012-01-12, Issue 565

The articles in Issue 38 of Forced Migration Review cover the positive and the negative aspects of the spread of technologies; the increased accountability, and the increased scope for controlling displaced people; the opening up through the internet...

Africa: Remittance fees punish poor Africans

2012-01-15, Issue 565

The World Bank has identified South Africa and Tanzania as having some of the highest costs for remittance payments in the world, with some charges as high as 25 per cent of the money being transferred. Remittance payment is the transfer of money acr...

Haiti: Haitian migrants test Brazil's solidarity

2012-01-15, Issue 565

Brazil, for decades a source of migrants to the United States and Europe, is now facing its own humanitarian challenge: applying the international solidarity it trumpets to the Haitians who are arriving in the thousands, in search of a better life. D...

Zimbabwe: Activist set to be deported from UK

2011-12-13, Issue 563

A Zimbabwean activist, Gladys Mabvira, is set to spend her first Christmas in Harare in nine years as she is set to be kicked out of the UK next week. She has been an active member of opposition group ZAPU UK. Her open and public participation with t...

South Africa: Court orders refugee office to remain open

2011-12-13, Issue 563

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Refugee Rights Centre at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) and the Project for Conflict Resolution and Development (PCRD) was granted an order...

Southern Africa: Counter-trafficking measures trail commitments

2011-12-13, Issue 563

At any given time, an estimated 130,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa are engaged in forced labour as a result of trafficking. It is a fraction of the global figure, which the International Labour Organisation (ILO) puts at 2.5 million, but this highl...

South Africa: Alarm over decision to review asylum seekers’ right to work and study

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF), Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT), PASSOP and Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC)

2011-12-14, Issue 563

'As members of Civil Society, Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF), Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT), PASSOP and Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) note with alarm and great apprehension the decision of the cabinet to review the right of asylum seekers to ...

South Africa: Counting the cost of policing migration

2011-12-15, Issue 563

In 2009, the Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand (now the African Centre for Migration & Society) undertook an analysis of the costs of policing immigration on the SAPS in the Gauteng Province. Their finding was ...

South Sudan: Displacement plagues world's newest nation

2011-12-20, Issue 563

The Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) is going through a major displacement crisis. The country is playing host to tens of thousands of refugees who fled fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States. In addition to this, hundreds of thousa...

Sudan: Refugees recall horror of Blue Nile fighting

2011-12-20, Issue 563

Pointing to a scarred bald patch above his ear, Lise Dide shows where shrapnel grazed his head when his village in Sudan's Blue Nile state was hit in an air strike. 'The plane came when I was asleep. I was still in my bed, I did not hear the sound,' ...

Africa: Migrants’ health care hit by deportations

2011-12-21, Issue 563

While most nations are dependent to some extent on the world’s 214 million migrants for skills and labour, few ensure these migrants have access to their health systems, something that could have dire public health consequences, according to the Inte...

South Africa: DRC refugees clash with cops over election results

2011-12-07, Issue 562

Election violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) spilled over in the Cape Town CBD last week as DRC refugees sympathetic to opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi protested against President Jacob Zuma’s perceived support of incumbent Joseph...

Global: Opportunity, migration changing nature of global inequality

2011-12-12, Issue 562

Economic inequality is on the rise worldwide - the rich are richer than ever before and their distance from the poor is greater - yet the character of that inequality is changing, according to Branko Milanovic, an economist at the World Bank. Poor pe...

Africa: Israel okays funding to block African migrants

2011-12-12, Issue 562

The Israeli government has voted unanimously to launch a $160 million program to curtail illegal African migrants ability to enter the country from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The program will boost the country’s ability to build a large border fence an...

South Africa: Eritrean gets urgent order to process travel forms

2011-11-29, Issue 560

A refugee from Eritrea has obtained an urgent North Gauteng High Court order to force Home Affairs to supply him with application forms and to immediately process his application for travel documents so that he can attend a peace conference in Djibou...

South Africa: 'Harsher regime' for asylum seekers

2011-11-30, Issue 560

Nearly half a million asylum seekers in South Africa may lose their right to earn a living or study while their refugee status is being determined after indications that the government plans to amend legislation governing those rights. An announcemen...

Kenya: City demolitions highlight urban-rural aid gap

2011-11-30, Issue 560

Several demolitions of housing near airports in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have not only displaced hundreds of families but challenged the humanitarian response in urban emergencies. Amid criticism of the way the demolitions were carried out, human...

Tanzania: No place called home

Urban Refugees in Tanzania

2011-11-30, Issue 560

To gain greater insight on the daily challenges faced by urban refugees, Asylum Access conducted a survey of 122 urban refugees in Dar es Salaam. The results are published in a report, 'No Place Called Home', which unveils a stark reality for this po...

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