In our monthly Immigration News from Africa, we update you on important changes in African Immigration.
This edition covers news in the following countries:
- South Africa
Department of Home Affairs Loses Citizenship Court Case
The Supreme Court of Appeal made a positive decision for South African people who lost their citizenship when they became citizens of another country. The court said that the section of the South African Citizenship Act that caused people to lose their citizenship goes against the Constitution.
Rwanda Remains committed to deporting illegal migrants from Britain to Rwanda
The Rwandan government remains committed to deporting illegal migrants from Britain, despite a British court ruling the deal “illegal.” Rwanda contests the view that it is unsafe for refugees and asylum seekers. The ruling disappoints both governments but is welcomed by Asylum Aid, which challenged the Rwanda policy. The British government will now refer the matter to the supreme court.
New Polycarbonate Electronic Passports Rejected
A group of students from Uganda who were supposed to do an internship faced problems when Danish authorities refused to accept their new polycarbonate electronic passports from Uganda.
In March, Uganda switched from using paper-based biodata electronic passports to polycarbonate e-passports.
Officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs explained that the upgraded polycarbonate e-passports, similar to the paper-based ones, have a special chip and strong plastic layers that are fused together. This creates a final material where personal information is engraved inside the deeper layers of the passport using a laser.
Urgent Passport Processing
In an attempt to fulfill their mandates, the Directorate of Immigration Services in Kenya is facilitating urgent passport processing for Kenyans. You must attach documents with proof or urgency to be eligible.
Written by Simon Carletti, PR and Creative Supervisor