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Refugees Digest 30

In the days leading up to Christmas when, in the Christian tradition, note is taken of the itinerancy of Mary and Joseph in compliance with a political imperative, there was a flurry of policy discussions on issues of migration. Pope Francis pointed out that the Holy Family shared the ‘anguish of persecution’ and that the little Jesus reminds us that half the refugees in the world are children.

Refugees Digest 29

In the first weeks of July, 180 civil society organizations found agreement on some of the principles that should frame the Global Compact on Migration. This agreement came ahead of the sixth and final round of talks on the Compact, which took place in New York. The protection of children, family unification, and a plea to enhance processes of integration, featured strongly in this agreement. From a policy perspective these principles speak to the core of human rights-based policies.

Newsletter Volume 33

The first Roundtable of 2018 was addressed by three speakers: Adv Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector and now Professor of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University; Mr John Jeffery, the Deputy-Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development; and Professor Pierre de Vos, Professor of Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town.