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A foot in the door: Access to asylum in South Africa

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Forced Migration Studies Programme
Author/Creator: 
Vigneswaran, D.
Publisher: 
Forced Migration Studies Programme
Publisher Type: 
Academic/Research Institute
Publisher Url: 
http://www.migration.org.za/
Description: 
Asylum seekers in South Africa experience extreme difficulties lodging their claims at the Department of Home Affairs. This paper utilises new survey data to measure the extent of the Department’s failures to provide access to the status determination process. The principal finding is that South African officials often go out of their way to prevent asylum seekers from entering the system. This provides support for the argument the Department is beholden to an institutional culture of immigration protectionism. This assessment differs from conventional analyses of poor African performance of status determination which emphasise issues of corruption and institutional capacity.
Language: 
English
Subject: 
Asylum seekers
Subject: 
Asylum policy
Subject: 
Refugee status determination procedures
Subject: 
Corruption
Coverage Geography: 
South Africa
Date Created: 
01/08/2008
Date Reliable: 
Yes
Date Available: 
23/04/2010
Item Type: 
Working papers
Relation: 
Working paper 40
Relation Requires: 
Adobe Acrobat
Format Medium: 
PDF
Format Medium: 
TXT
Format Extent: 
22 p.
Rights: 
Cleared
FMO Status: 
Live
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