Following the tropical depression that caused flooding and damage in several departments of Guatemala’s Pacific coast in mid-October, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is distributing relief items to affected populations in 13 communities of the Nueva Concepción municipality.
This area, located in the southern department of Escuintla, was the most affected; some 5,000 people had not yet been assisted.
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
CoRMSA welcomes President Zuma's new administration and looks forward to positive and proactive policy changes to protect migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in South Africa. Former Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Minister Mapisa-Nqakula initiated a process of migration policy review and we hope the new administration will continue with this process.
The recent violence against non-South Africans across the country is not a new phenomenon nor is it likely to end with deaths that shocked South Africa in May. The violence is but the most recent episode in a long history of the exclusion and marginalisation of foreign nationals in South Africa.
Issued annually in commemoration of World Refugee Day (20 June), this report represents research by members of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), a national network of service providers and research bodies. The findings have been compiled over a six-month period using surveys, in-depth interviews and a review of relevant documents, legislation and policies.