The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town has released its latest mini-documentary, Goods, that explores the unexpected reactions to South Africa’s spaza shops brought about by the national covid-19 lockdown.
On 29 October 2019, The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town presented to the Portfolio Committee of Home Affairs, along with several other organisations who had been invited to do so. This video outlines the services of Scalabrini – and looks at three issues and three solutions – in the migration sector in South Africa.
Thousands of refugees fled from Angola to South Africa due to the civil wars. These refugees were typically granted refugee status in South Africa. In 2002, the Angolan conflict ended. In 2013, the South African government cancelled all Angolans’ refugee statuses, as Angola was considered a safe country.
The asylum system in South Africa is struggling. Whilst the numbers of asylum applications in South Africa are not higher than other receiving countries (for example, Uganda and Kenya receive many more asylum applications per year), it is common for asylum seekers to spend several years in the asylum system whilst awaiting an outcome on their applications.