n Conflict Trends - Problems of African Refugee Law : an agenda for reform

Volume 2002, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818



Refugeeism in Africa has become a deep-rooted problem as a result of ongoing conflicts, poor governance, economic mismanagement and poverty. Against the background of a changing historic and political background, the causes for the refugee crisis, the type and nature of African refugee problems, the efficacy and coherence of domestic and international responses and the modalities of refugee protection vary. Up to now there has been no serious attempt to address the existing refugee regime in Africa with an agenda for possible reform. Both scholarship and state practice hail the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa (the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention) as an original and coherent refugee protection regime capable of addressing the many and distinctive attributes of refugeeism in Africa.

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