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This article is taken from the December 2004 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

A scoping study on xenophobia

Atlantic Philanthropies ( South Africa ), appoints Strategy and Tactics (S&T) to manage a scoping study on xenophobia and human rights abuses in the handling of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, by government agencies.

The Atlantic Philanthropies recently began implementing a programme to combat xenophobia and human rights abuses against refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in South Africa. In order to carry out further research on some of the issues Atlantic appointed Strategy and Tactics to manage some of the work to be carried. Moagi Ntsime and David Everatt are managing the project on behalf of Atlantic.

In this work Atlantic has a shared interest with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The SAHRC has a statutory responsibility for monitoring whether the target group is treated in accordance with domestic and international human rights norms and standards. Also, the SAHRC is charged with making recommendations for the redress of human rights abuses to government, based on the findings of its monitoring and research.

Firstly, S&T is expected to appoint a reference group for the study. The reference group is to advice, provide inputs, and review the findings of the study on the basis of their experience. It is envisaged that the reference group will comprise three/four representatives of NPOs working in the refugee and migrants sectors, the Director of Atlantic Philanthropies and SAHRC.

The research brief

The research brief for the study is:

  • To review and assess whether South African legislation and policy dealing with refugees asylum seekers and undocumented migrants is in line with the domestic constitution and the relevant international and regional human rights instruments,
  • Investigate the implications of how the target group is received, processed and integrated for South African compliance with these domestic and international instruments,
  • In particular the study would cover how the target group is dealt with by state agencies - the Department of Home Affairs, the South Africa Police Service the South African National Defence Force, the Department of Welfare, the criminal justice system and others,
  • The research is to review policies and practices applied in terms of reception, processing and integration of refugees and asylum seekers, as how people deemed to have contravened the law in terms of immigration legislation are arrested, held and deported. Of particular interest for the assignment are practices, procedures and conditions at the following;
  • Lindela reception centre in Gauteng;
  • The Home Affairs Office on Refugee Affairs at Rosenttenville, Johannesburg; and

The two main land border crossing with South Africa's largest migrant - producing neighbours ( Zimbabwe and Mozambique). Also, the researchers will conduct interviews with migrants who have recently crossed each of these borders. Finally, the researchers will carry out interviews with units responsible for patrolling the Mozambican border along the Kruger National Park.

 

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