Local integration as a durable solution for refugees in South Africa
Kanamugire, Jean Chrysostome
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In this paper we have examined the local integration as a durable solution for refugees to alleviate the daily challenges they encounter. Local integration is an economic, socio-cultural and legal process. It facilitates refugees to have access to education, the right to seek employment, engage in economic activities and freedom of movement. It assists refugees to acquire permanent resident permits and citizenship in the country of their asylum. Local integration is an economic process whereby refugees acquire rights and entitlements that allow them to establish a sustainable livelihood and be self-reliant. On social level, refugees live among local populations, in harmony without any discrimination. Due to the protracted conflicts in various states, refugees cannot be voluntarily repatriated. Furthermore, a few number of refugees acquire resettlement in third countries. There is a quest to implement local integration for refugees so that they acquire legal, economic and social rights that will assist them to make a meaningful contribution in various sectors of the host country. The paper is useful to academics, practitioners and government official dealing with refugee issues.
- Faculty of Law