On the day the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) ended The Times reported South African authorities had released, for comment, a document that would require asylum seekers to reveal personal details such as bank balances and academic qualifications.
Many of the questions are irrelevant for asylum seekers and merely place another obstacle in an already complicated and frustrating process. Ironically, the Forum itself was also a disappointment. It was the first time it had been hosted on the African continent and now it seems as if justice for migrants will continue being an uphill battle because even the WSFM let them down – monumentally.
Since 1960 there has been a threefold increase in migrants worldwide – some 232 million people. About 51 million migrants are found in Africa alone, almost the population of one country on the continent: South Africa.
The movement of peoples all over the globe is shaping the world, and South Africa is no exception. South Africa, historically, is a land of migrants – white, black and Indian people moved in waves into the country, or around the country, for various reasons. Many South Africans have left the country to build lives in…
Source : Daily Maverick