COORDINATING BODY OF REFUGEE & MIGRANT COMMUNITIES
Don’t be a Victim, Know your Rights !
Be a Responsible Citizen, Know your Obligations !
COORDINATING BODY OF REFUGEE & MIGRANT COMMUNITIES
Don’t be a Victim, Know your Rights !
Be a Responsible Citizen, Know your Obligations !
COORDINATING BODY OF REFUGEE & MIGRANT COMMUNITIES
Don’t be a Victim, Know your Rights !
Be a Responsible Citizen, Know your Obligations !

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CBRMC Mid Year Activities Report for 2011

Since october 1999, the Coordinating Body of Refugee Communities (CBRC) has closely and daily worked with refugees and other migrants in the Republic of South Africa. In this endeavour, it has occured that migrants and more specifically forced migrants face hassles in their lives in the host country due to many factors including their own ignorance of the rights conferred to them by the Refugee Act, the Immigration Act and constitution and also, poor or little service delivered to them. This mid term report aims at highlighting the plights of refugees and other migrants as they have unfolded for the first semester of this year 2011.

This report is made of the following:

•  Refugee Reception Offices (RRO)

•  Education

•  Banking

•  Housing

•  Other Refugee Service Providers

•  Capacity Building (Refugee and Migrant Rights Campaigns and Training of trainers)

•  Miscellaneous

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News: Refugee and Migrant Communities

Posted on 17 Sept 2011  |   Recorded by CBRMC

CBRMC hosted more than 300 participants who attended a refugee and migrant rights campaign. Speakers included a representative from the Independent Complaints directorate, an expert in Peace and Conflicts resolution, an academic from the Wits Law Faculty and a senior researcher from SERI. We were amazed by the display of ignorance of refugee and migrant legislation. It was also noted that this ignorance is also affecting refugees and migrants' access to other service be it in the private or the public sector.

In line with this observation, we have received parents whose children were not registered up until May this year. We have succeeded to place 4 children mostly at primary schools. We also assisted some other parents negotiate the school fees exemption. We are however bitter about school managers obligating parents to sign school fees binding form thus disqualifying them to apply for exemptions.

we once said that no service delivery or poor service delivery is forced vulnerability. A refugee's wife is battling to be joined to her husband's file as part of family reunification. The poor lady is deprived of any protection including access to safety and security, health care, and others due to lack of document.

Lastly, we are saddened by lack of assistance from service providers to bury a Muslim asylum seeker from Burundi. We are informed by the relative that refugees and other muslims have made the necessary financial assistance that has made it possible to lay the body to rest. RIP Hussein Twagiramungu.

Activities Overview

• Offering paralegal consultations to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants and refer cases to appropriate and relevant service providers.

  • • Conducting Awareness campaigns on migrants' children' rights to education which include placement into public schools as well as recommendation letters for school fees exemption for those most deserving (the neediest among the needy). Read more

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