While the rest of the world is nervous and choosing to take an emotional position on matters of forced migration and refugees, sometimes closing their doors in the face of people who are running from persecution, Uganda’s refugee policy and practice continues to be liberal, with an open door to all asylum seekers, writes Arthur Matsiko
Last week, 40 Nigerians were deported from the United Kingdom and Australia, making it the second set of Nigerians repatriated from the UK in less than two months. How many more of these repatriations are to be expected in the future?
Uganda has been plagued by high numbers of cases of human trafficking of young people to the middle east. Due to a lack of stringent laws and minimum government intervention, it continues to be a large problem. Alex Taremwa explores the high youth unemployment rate in Uganda and how it feeds this dangerous form of modern slavery.
Grappling with a huge influxes of migrants and refugees, Israel is reportedly ‘sending away African migrants’ to other countries under secretive deals. Europe is also battling the issue and last year the EU proposed an ‘African trust fund’ to pay countries billions of dollars if they agree to take back their economic migrants.
Denmark is receiving a lot of flak from rights groups and social media users for approving a law to confiscate refugees’ money and valuables to pay for their stay. The controversial law is aimed at discouraging refugees from seeking asylum.
Like many Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa, I travelled from Cape Town to Harare in the December holidays. Luckily all my documents are in order, but for Zimbabweans who have overstayed their allotted time or who do not have the correct documents, the journey is a corruption nightmare.
As a political solution to address Burundi’s crisis remains elusive, neighbouring countries are experiencing massive overcrowding in refugee camps. More than 230,000 refugees have fled the conflict, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Relief organisations have been calling for urgent assistance.