oa De Rebus - Voyager or victim? Refugees are not holiday travellers : feature

Volume 2014, Issue 543
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



South Africa is a signatory to, among others, the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (UN Convention), the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1969 Organisation of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee problems in Africa (OAU Convention). To give effect to its obligations under these and other relevant international law instruments, principles and standards relating to refugees, in 1998 South Africa enacted the Refugees Act 130 of 1998 (Refugees Act), which was later amended by the Refugees Amendment Act 33 of 2008 (Refugees Amendment Act). Section 1 of the Refugees Act defines 'asylum seeker' as 'a person who is seeking recognition as a refugee in the Republic', and 'refugee' as 'any person who has been granted asylum in terms of this Act'. 'Asylum' under this section denotes 'refugee status recognised in terms of this Act'.

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