380 political refugees from SA: 214 pending

These are people who require protection as refugees … because they cannot be adequately protected by the SA government, its police or the courts…’ http://bit.ly/jbeLBm

WATTERS Chris immigraiton lawyer South Africa A total of 380 South Africans  have fled the country (since 1994) and have been legally accepted as refugees. ‘And some 214 others also have applications still pending,’ writes Immigration lawyer Chris Watters.

He wrote in his article, headlined ‘Brandon Huntley revisited: ‘This is not some residue of persons who fled apartheid and who forgot to return to South Africa. These are people who require protection as refugees currently because they have been able to persuade the refugee authorities in their host country, that they cannot be adequately protected by the South African government, its police or the courts.

To ‘demystify’ the language of refugee law, these are people who have been able to persuade the relevant authorities that there is a reasonable chance that if they are returned to South Africa, they will be persecuted in South Africa on account of their race, religion, nationality, political views or membership of a particular social group. And that persecution can be either by the SA government or someone on its behalf or even a non-state party that the government is unable or unwilling to control that persecution. And the persecution cannot be some minor irritation or inconvenience. The ‘fear of persecution’ requirement usually means that the refugee must have shown that there is a serious chance of serious physical harm if he or she is returned to the country of origin.” (He retrieved these facts from World Refugee Day and the UNHCR’s release this week of global refugee data. His entire comment  on

http://www.polity.org.za/article/the-exodus-of-the-south-african-refugee—the-huntley-case-revisited-2011-06-24/al_id:174471

This Dutch political commentator Bernard Hammelburg said at Radio Wereldomroep in 2009 — at the time when the Huntley case hit all the international news headlines: wit the ANC-regime reviling him,  that Mr Huntley ‘s fears were undoubtedly correct:” things are not ‘right’ for the whites: of the 4-million whites who lived there, 800,000 have already fled the country. The violent crimes against the whites are extraordinary vicious.’  Hammelburg also noted that there was a ‘bullying campaign’ against Boer farmers who were attacked and killed in large numbers and are not getting any protection from the SA Police’.

 

More: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/09/open-letter-to-canadian-journalist.html

  • Emigration agencies flooded with more than 300  enquiries a day over past two months

On the same day, Beeld journalist Gerhard Pretorius also did a vox-pop of the emigration-agencies in South Africa – and discovered that over the past few months, they have received 20% more enquiries: the agencies are flooded with an average 300  emigration-enquiries a day. And the majority of these enquries, said Robbie Ragless at Globalvisas, was due to crime, their children’s safety, but lately more and more people are hammering on political issues centering around ANC genocidal hatespeech-blathering youth leader Julius Malema.

While black emigrants are primarily interested in emigrating to countries where their children could get a better education, the ‘whites’flea from fear. His hatespeech court case and his reelection are reasons why more and more people want to emigrate. John Gamberana, a partner in Trans-Global Migration Services, told Pretorius that ‘they can place a direct link to the busier telephones and the latest statement by Malema.’ Gamberana said the recession had caused a drop in emigration because jobs abroad are not as freely available to South Africans. “But we saw more than a twenty-percent increase in applications. Trend was also confirmed by Ms Paolo Jonger, manager of Four Corners Emgiration. “I hear Malema’s name more and more. People say they do not want to raise their children in a country where there’s no future for them. Crime also remains a large, overwhelming factor in people’s decision to emigrate.

Alana Bailey of Afriforum’s “Come Home’ campaign also noticed a marked drop in interest from people asking them for help to return to South Africa.

The finance minsiter Pravin Gordhan also was asked by Beeld journalist Anika Smit about the problem: and he admitted that ‘the youth league’s radical plans for nationalising the mines and land could scare away investors.” This was a brief summary: entire article in Afrikaans:. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Meer-wil-landuit-oor-Julius-20110623

“Julius gives white South Africans the jitters’

JOHANNESBURG -The Citizen.  Frightened South Africans are looking to make New Zealand their new home after hearing Julius Malema’s rhetoric on land reform and nationalisation last weekend.South Africa saw thousands flee to Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand when load-sheddding began to bite during the country’s energy crisis.Sharon Yerman, one of just three licensed migration agents for New Zealand in South Africa, has been working as an agent for 18 years. She said a recent increase in immigration enquiries and applications was possibly the biggest growth trend she had seen since 2008.

“We have been inundated with calls, doing interview after interview in the past few days,” said Yerman, adding that some of her clients openly said they wanted to leave after being alarmed by Malema’s statements about nationalising the mines and banks and land reform which would not involve any kind of compensation.

“They are terrified,” she said, adding that ‘many speculated Malema would become  president in the future. “He is not saying, ‘this is an option’, he is saying ‘this is going to happen’ and that scares them. One potential emigrant works in a bank. He told Yerman he would like to leave as soon as possible, saying he “wouldn’t wait for banks to be nationalised”.Another family owns a farm near the Zimbabwean border and said they would see if they could sell their farm within the next six months.“If they could not sell their farm they would just cut their losses. “Maybe people are just panicking. They may not end up doing it.”

Yerman also said she had seen an increase in black applicants – all of them highly skilled and educated – who simply wanted a better education opportunities for their children. “The amount of highly skilled people leaving the country is devastating,” said Yerman.

Unlike the last mass migration, however, British, Australian and Canadian agencies could not say they were seeing the same rise.  “We have seen a couple of e-mails come in, but I wouldn’t say it’s an enormous  spike. We may be going in that direction if Malema keeps on speaking,” said an Australian migration agent, Andrew Heathcote.
biancas@citizen.co.za  ’http://citizen.cambrient.com/citizen/content/en/citizen/local-news?oid=204313&sn=Detail&pid=334&Julius-gives-South-Africans-the-jitters-

An estimated 358,800 asylum  applications were recorded in the 44 countries in the 2010 report (the applications were in 2009)

The 38 countries in Europe received 269,900 claims, Australia and New Zealand 8,600.

In 2010, people from nearly 200 different countries or territories submitted at least one asylum claim in one of the 44 countries presented in this report. Slightly less than half of all asylum applications were submitted by individuals from Asia (45%). Africa was the second most important source continent (25% of all claims), followed by  Europe (19%), and the  Americas (8%).18.  The country of origin of some 3,000  asylum-seekers was unknown. Europe was the only continent showing an increase as a source of asylum  applications in 2010 (+19%), with more people from Serbia  and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia requesting refugee status in 2010 than in 2009. Zimbabwean citizens lodged 2,600 asylum claims as compared to more than 8,500 in 2009: they have a neighbouring country to flee to namely South Africa. (down by -69%).

 

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