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Removed refugees set up new camp near Cape Town CBD police station

About 200 African refugees and asylum seekers continued their Cape Town sit-in on Tuesday, this time around the corner from the Cape Town Central police station."We slept here last night," said Esther Loulndr on the pavement in Albertus Street.As...

South Africa police moves to remove informal structures outside CapeTown Methodist church

Refugees living around the Central Methodist Mission Church in Cape Town are being removed along with their belongings by the South African police.This comes after the Western Cape High Court granted the City of Cape Town an interim order...

Immigrant children locked out of schools in South Africa for lack of documents

South Africa Department of Basic Education is ignoring a court order and Minister of Home Affairs instructions to enroll refugee children who do not have documents reports GroundUp.In July last year the Acting Director General of the Department of...

Business owners in Cape Town neighbourhood want refugees evicted

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers at a church in South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town are about to enter their fifth month, as businesses in the neighbourhood continue to press for their eviction.The majority of the refugees...

Norway explains resettlement plan for African refugees sheltered in Rwanda

Norwegian Justice and Migration Minister, Joran Kallymr, has explained how his country plans to resettle 600 African refugees from Rwanda, who were removed from Libya, as efforts continue to evacuate them from dire conditions in that country.Kallymr who was...

South Africa new law to strip refugees’ status for any political act

South Africa can now strip refugees of their asylum status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries, according to a new law that critics call illegal and deeply ironic after the ruling party fought...

Norway says will take 600 Libya evacuees from Rwanda camp

Norway this year will take in 600 people evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centers, the Nordic country said on Wednesday as it sought to discourage the smuggling of refugees across the Mediterranean Sea.Rwanda, from where more than 2...

Refugees removed from UNHCR office in S/Africa arraigned – no lawyers and no bail

189 refugees and asylum seekers were arraigned in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday after they entered the premises of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) last week. They face charges of trespassing, a case of public...

Refugees camping outside UNHCR offices in Pretoria to authorities you have to come with coffins

"We have nowhere to go, let them bring the coffins, the only thing that remains is death because we know, if we go to the community, we will die like dogs."These are words of refugees, who are staging a...

Tanzania bans trade at 73,000 Burundian refugee camp

The Tanzanian authorities have banned commercial activities inside Nduta refugee camp, in the north-west region, which hosts more than 73,000 Burundian refugees.The refugees say the ban, together with the demolition of the main market over the weekend, is part...
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Tanzania grants visa extensions for stranded tourists

Tanzania’s immigration department has extended visas for foreign nationals who can't leave the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.Foreign visitors, who applied online, were...

Columbian and Bissau-Guinean drug lords handed record jail terms

A court in Guinea-Bissau has handed record jail terms to two suspects accused of trafficking almost two tonnes of cocaine into the country, the...

Sierra Leone to enter a 3-day lockdown after first 2 coronavirus cases

Sierra Leone is the latest African country to launch a nationwide attack against the deadly coronavirus after two unrelated people tested positive for the...

With 16 deaths, Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Thursday pardoned more than 1 200 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of the...