The Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, Bienvenu Shelter, Jesuit Refugee Service, Justice and Peace Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), Scalabrini Centre and other migrants and refugee-inclined organisations held a roundtable discussion on policy and legislative changes to the Refugee Act on 19 May at Cathedral Place.
Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, who is also the SACBC Liaison Bishop of Migrants and Refugees, stated in his address that he hoped we would learn more about experiences, information on unfairness, injustice, exploitation and even hostility. Because, he said, when we know more, we might be able to react more.
The other side of the coin would be positive experiences of welcome, compassion and recognition of people who come from other countries.
“Information sharing enables us to better be coordinated so that we give a better response to the challenges faced by migrants and enhance charitable works so that people can feel that they are not just like animals roaming around in the city,” he concluded.
The Department of Home Affairs’ deputy director of stakeholder management asylum seeker, ???? Nompumelelo Tyobeka said they are in the process of developing the department. They have established a multi-stakeholder project to address challenges at the refugee reception centre in Marabastad, Pretoria. This includes improving policies, upgrading infrastructure, IT system, training officials and making interpreters available.