n Conflict Trends - In search of solutions : advancing refugee protection in twenty-first century Africa - : feature

Volume 2005, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The institution of asylum and the system of refugee protection are currently under tremendous stress in Africa. The large numbers of refugees seeking asylum in countries already experiencing tremendous social and economic hardship has brought into question the capacity of these nations to cope with refugees in this century. African refugee policies and practices are increasingly being characterised by states' retreat from the fundamental principles of asylum and international refugee law and the abrogation of their responsibilities for protection. Refugees are receiving an increasingly hostile reception from host governments and communities.

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