n Malawi Law Journal - The institution of asylum in Malawi and international refugee law : a review of the 1989 Refugee Act

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1996-7675



Since the Mozambican refugee influx into Malawi in the 1980's, Malawi has continued to host diverse populations of refugees. The Refugee Act 1989 is the primary domestic legislation on refugees. Some of its provisions are obsolete, contrary to international law and unconstitutional. There are manifold problems within the Refugee Act which impede its effective implementation, not to mention that the government itself does not take refugee issues seriously in its policy agenda. For refugees to be treated with the dignity they deserve as human beings, the Refugees Act and government policy on refugees need to be revamped and re aligned with the international jurisprudence on refugee rights.

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