The UNHCR and Home Affairs have introduced a US$9.6-million asylum seeker backlog challenge.
First released by GroundUp.
On Monday, the Office of Dwelling Affairs, the Refugee Appeals Authority and the United Nations Large Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a US$9.6-million asylum seeker backlog undertaking.
The UNHCR reported: “Problems in the asylum technique led to some claims becoming stuck for in excess of a 10 years waiting around to be read. Of the 266,694 refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa, two-thirds of them do not have entry to the whole rights and privileges of refugee standing.”
In a preceding statement, the UNHCR mentioned: “The challenge will get rid of the backlog above the future four a long time, and improve the process to make sure an additional one particular does not sort. Throughout the time frame, the appeals of 153,391 individuals will be listened to.”
In his tackle, Minister Of Household Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi claimed that up until eventually 2008 the section was in a position to clear asylum applications which it was obtaining just about every yr. In 1998 it gained 11,135 programs in 2006, it processed 53,361. But not immediately after 2008, when the quantity of purposes shot up approximately fourfold to 207,206. A different 223,324 programs were acquired in 2009.
“These quantities overwhelmed a program which was useful in dealing with 53,000 apps a calendar year. All of a sudden, the system experienced to procedure about 400,000 purposes which came in just two several years,” he claimed.
“The Auditor Common of South Africa said if nothing altered, it would take 68 a long time to very clear the backlog without having new conditions. Because the Auditor General’s pronouncements in February 2020, a lot of points have altered to assist us offer with the backlog.”
For many asylum seekers news that the backlog may possibly be cleared will be welcome news.
Francine Nduwimana, a Burundian asylum seeker, informed GroundUp about her ordeal fleeing from militias in her dwelling state. She said she was separated from her 6-yr-previous youngster in Tanzania en route to South Africa in 2011. Since then she has regularly had to relate her tale to House Affairs officers, renewing her document every 3 to 6 months. She is nevertheless waiting around for her situation to be established.
Nduwimana is presently in the Bellville refugee camp with other asylum seekers who protested outside the UNHCR in 2019, demanding to leave South Africa.
Zainabu Safi, initially from the Democratic Republic of Congo, mentioned she fled war in Kivu and has been in limbo in South Africa given that 2012. Every single time she has to renew her papers she has to travel to Musina. She has to acquire her kids with her given that Residence Affairs calls for them to be existing in human being. She suggests the system ordinarily can take her a week in Musina.
“This is the explanation why I joined the protest and why I am right here at the [Bellville] camp. I have absolutely nothing. The minor cash I created from piece work opportunities I employed to journey to Musina. With out a right document, I cannot review, locate a career or start off a business enterprise. We had a spaza shop in Marikana casual settlement but it was burnt down during a protest.”
“Ten a long time I am however an asylum seeker … Each time you are explained to we will give you a refugee status when you occur back,” said Safi. DM