This guide is not legal advice. We do however include several case studies of recent successful asylum applications by white South Africans at the bottom of this page as a guide. We also provide important considerations in seeking asylum, including ten key recommendations, statistics from countries of refuge, and a complete explanation of the all-important “Dublin II” limitations in Europe. Repeat: this is NOT legal advice. It is provided for general information only. As a matter of fact, the very first thing you should do is to FIRST directly speak with a lawyer BEFORE taking any action. Many of the most important details can be found on – Asylumlaw.org.
(Project in progress – will be updated regularly with new information)
There is no safe third country anywhere on the African continent for white South Africans
Regarding those many enquiries from South Africans interested in pursuing this route
I strongly suggest that they FIRST, FROM SOUTH AFRICA – enquire directly with those experienced lawyers in the USA, Canada, Germany and Ireland who already are dealing with white South Africans’ asylum-cases: the law firms I am aware of thus far are:
- USA: LAZ L.PITTMAN, ATTORNEY, 1556 South First Ave., Suite R, Iowa City, IA 52240, tel USA 319.337.4090
- CANADA: RUSSELL KAPLAN, (He is a South African-trained Barrister & Solicitor)- Immigration Lawyer, 838 Somerset Street WestSuite 30, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1R 6R7 – 613.233.7900 TEL.613.233.0800 (Mr Kaplan hails from South Africa) and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
- IRELAND: Sollicitor Owen Swaine: nR 14 Father Griffin Road, Galway, County Galway, Ireland telephone (091)861382
- GERMANY: “Ausländerrecht”. Rechtsanwälte Joseph Oenkhaus,Marie-Louise Oenkhaus.Ludgeristraße 7-8, 48143 Münster tel 0049 251 445 86 fax 0049 251 565 32 e-mail: Oenkhaus@Internet-Anwalt.de
IMPORTANT: Financial/economic considerations of any kind are NOT EVER accepted as valid reasons for applying for political asylum anywhere
Related documents are located on – www.asrc.org.au/media/documents/asrc-resource-directory.pdf
The Eight Stages of Genocide
What is political asylum?
Every person has the right to live free from persecution, or the fear of persecution, based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Though every government is obligated to provide this right, many fail. Every year millions of people face persecution for traits they cannot control or exercising their religious or political beliefs. When governments fail to protect these rights, people have the right to move to a country that will protect them. This is the right to asylum. People who seek to exercise this right are called “asylum seekers” or, in some cases, “refugees.” In 1951, the formal basis for exercising the right to asylum was established by an interational treaty, the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Countries signing that Convention have an obligation to provide asylum or refuge to people fleeing persecution. Much more information on sixty different countries can be found on www.asylumlaw.org.
What is an asylum-seeker?
An asylum seeker is a person who:
- Has had to leave their country because it is too dangerous to stay there; and
- Who is in danger in their country because they are being seriously harmed or
- at risk of serious harm because of either their: political opinion, religion, race, nationality or social group; and
- Their government can’t or won’t protect them from that serious harm
North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand
The asylum systems in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are complicated, involve significant amounts of administrative hurdles, and are often adversarial. Though the standard for asylum is the more or less the same on paper, there are significant differences in the way countries apply the law, the assistance they provide to asylum seekers, and the rates at which different countries recognize asylum seekers from respective countries of asylum. What all this means is that asylum seekers fleeing the same country for the same reasons can have vastly different experiences depending on where they go, how they get there, and the extent to which they can prove their case. These are the essential things for you to consider, and this material is organized around these issues.
Where are you going to seek asylum?
How are you going to get there?
What can you do to help prove your case?
- Consider alternatives to applying for asylum in ‘rich’ countries.
- Choose your preferred country of asylum on the basis of facts, not on rumors or prejudices.
- Chose your country of asylum also according to the recognition rates and the return policy for your country of origin.
- EUROPE: you have no free choice of your asylum country within Europe. Be aware of the (a) safe third country rule and (b) the European responsibility sharing scheme of Dublin II.
- Try to enter the country legally, with a visa if one is required.
- Be aware that illegal journey to asylum country carries risks, including death.
- Women and minors: be aware of the risk of being sexually aggressed or “sold” as prostitutes though you paid for the trafficker.
- Try to (a) find information on the asylum procedure, (b) seek help from organisation for refugees and (c) contact a lawyer recommended by them.
- During the whole procedure, give a true, complete, detailed, and consistent picture of the reasons for your application, both in writing and orally!
- Collect and bring documents supporting your asylum claim.
This is an independent human rights organization. They do not work for the government. Their help is free. They work to protect and uphold the human rights of people seeking asylum in Australia. They believe that ‘all people should be free.” If you are an asylum seeker in Melbourne you can come and visit our centre in person for help Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm. We are located at 12 Batman Street, West Melbourne. You can also call us for assistance on (03) 9326 6066 during these hours. You can get to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in the following ways: They are located at the corner of King Street and Batman Street across the road from the Flagstaff Gardens in the cityYou can walk from Flagstaff or Southern Cross train station in the city, just a 5 minute walk.You can take the city circle tram in the city and get off at the corner of La Trobe Street and King Street, just a 2 minute walk from there. They can however only help asylum seekers who are in Melbourne, Australia. If you are outside of Australia click the link below for information on how to apply for asylum around the world – www.asylumlaw.org/asylumseeker. If you are in another Australian state click the following link to find the closest service to you – www.asrc.org.au.
Granted asylum to 33 white South Africans since 1994: also for medical reasons to Afrikaner families suffering from familial porphyria (extreme sensitivity to sunlight).
Specialist-attorney firm for South Africans: RUSSELL KAPLAN, Barrister & Solicitor, Immigration Lawyer, 838 Somerset Street WestSuite 30, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1R 6R7 – 613.233.7900 TEL.613.233.0800 (Mr Kaplan hails from South Africa) and can be contacted at email@example.com
Eisenhuttenstadt asylum-seekers’ holding camp outside Berlin
1. For Protestant asylum-seekers: try to always obtain local contacts with the local German population and also to obtain help, and pastoral care for traumatised families, the nearest protestant church near the camp is: Diakonisches werk niederlausitz ZAE, Eisenhuttenstadt, contact: Joachim Runge, Robert-Koch str. 37, 15890, Eisenhuttenstadt, tel 03364283978, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Application and checking-in processes at the Eisenhuttenstadt centre outside Berlin: (details being awaited from a source at the camp)
3. Specialist-attorney firm assisting white South African asylum-seekers : “Ausländerrecht”. Rechtsanwälte Joseph Oenkhaus,Marie-Louise Oenkhaus.Ludgeristraße 7-8, 48143 Münster tel 0049 251 445 86 fax 0049 251 565 32 e-mail: Oenkhaus@Internet-Anwalt.de
4. Jesuiten Fluchtlingsdienst provides legal, social and pastoral support in detention centres in Berlin, Eisenhüttenstadt and Munich (almost 2,500 individuals per year). JRS Germany is a member of the Berlin Commission.
47 White South Africans accepted as political refugees since 1994.
Attorney: Sollicitor Owen Swaine: nR 14 Father Griffin Road, Galway, County Galway, Ireland telephone (091)861382
112 White South African asylum-cases were approved in USA since 1994.
For the various Asylum Offices in USA access – www.immihelp.com
Specialist-attorney firm who often deals with white South African asylum-seekers
LAZ L.PITTMAN, ATTORNEY, 1556 South First Ave., Suite R, Iowa City, IA 52240, tel USA 319.337.4090
Successful asylum-cases for white South Africans: case studies:
Ireland: 47 white South Africans accepted as political refugees: case study example “ White Females Unsafe in South Africa ”:
DIANNE LOUISE JEFFERSON, 22, ‘FEARED FOR HER LIFE’ IF DEPORTED TO SOUTH AFRICA – source: journalist Louise Hogan, The Independent. Tuesday September 22 2009 — A white South African has claimed her life may be at risk due to racial discrimination if she is deported from Ireland. If granted by the court, she would become the 47th white South African granted refugee-status in Ireland since 1994. Dublin High Court bid: Dianne Louise Jefferson (22), who works as a product builder with Boston Scientific in Galway, yesterday launched a legal bid at Dublin’s High Court to remain in the (European-Union) State. Judge Elizabeth Dunne granted an interim injunction preventing the state immigration services from arresting, detaining or transferring Ms Jefferson, who lives in Doughiska, County Galway. “I say and believe that as a white South African there is a real possibility of criminal racial discrimination against me and I fear for my well-being and ultimately my life if I am returned,” the court heard directly from Ms Jefferson’s affidavit.She left South Africa on June 1, 2002, following the death of her grandmother and moved to Ireland to be with her father.During her seven years living in Ireland, writes Hogan, Ms Jefferson completed her Junior and Leaving Certificate, studied at college, married and took up a job as a product builder with Boston Scientific in 2006.On September 16 last, Ms Jefferson was notified by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that her application for a resident’s card was refused. She was informed her permission would expire on September 20 and after that date she would be an illegal resident. She says she was advised to “go home”. The court heard she has instructed her solicitor to apply for Irish citizenship on the basis of her marriage. In 2005, at the age of 18 she married Kevin Curran.The court heard Mr Curran was forced to move to the Netherlands in search of a full-time job but regularly returns to spend time with his wife. “ Ms Jefferson was granted political asylum – Woman ‘fears for her life’ if deported to S Africa.
- Ireland forms part of the European-Union community: due to their close cultural affinity with the continent, many hundreds of thousands of ‘white’ South Africans have already settled legally in greater-Europe since 1994 – and increasingly, asylum-seekers are also amongst them, mainly due to the dramatic increase in armed attacks targetting this small. very visible minority group in SA. Genocide Watch has raised the Genocide-Alert level for South African whites to Level 6, out of 8, on August 20 2011.
- This fact came to light recently when Brandon Huntley, a white SA asylum-seeker, was granted formal refuge in Canada, stating in his application that his life would be in danger if he were forced to return. His application created a storm of outrage in ANC-government circles who mounted a massive demonisation campaign in the news media against him personally. However, Huntley wasn’t the first one: Canada has also granted asylum to a further 32 South Africans thus far since 1994.
Medical reasons for obtaining asylum for Afrikaner refugees in low sunlight countries such as Canada: familial porphyria: deadly sensitivity to sunlight:
Up to August 2011, more than 600 white South Africans lived as approved political refugees across the world. Some reasons for asylum are however also medical: several Afrikaans families have literally fled from South Africa’s abundant sunlight: they were granted permanent refuge because they suffer from familial porphyria – an potentially deadly, extreme sensitivity to sunlight which occurs often in Afrikaner families. These porphyria-sufferers were allowed to resettle in a small northern Canadian town which has the lowest number recorded sunlight hours per year and reportedly they now are thriving and contributing to the economy as new settlers.
Up to August 2011, there were a known 170 South Africans with legal refugee status in Germany, 111 in the USA, 46 in Ireland, 33 in Canada, 24 in the UK, 18 in France and 15 in Australia. (From our information, it is also believed that some ten applications are also pending in New Zealand.) Six political refugees, all Afrikaners, arrived at Eisenhuttenstadt refugee centre outside Berlin, Germany since August 1 2011. Three Afrikaner families arrived at the Brussels centre since August 20 2011.
Source – IOL
Other asylum seekers:
THERE IS NO ‘SAFE COUNTRY ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT’ FOR WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS…
MAP OF ATTACKS AGAINST WHITES IN AFRICA JAN 2006 – AUG 2011 from www.farmitracker.com
Since the end of the FIFA world cup football tournaments from July 2010 in South Africa, the daily violent attacks by black-racists against white South Africans have risen rapidly, soaring an average one daily murder of a white South Africans from Jan 2006 to a sudden leap after July 2010 – and which now is peaking above 110 attacks against SA whites a day by August 22 2011 – map below. Moreover there is no safe third country for these white South Africans on the entire continent: the map shows that these attacks also occur in neighbouring African countries: including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana and Angola.