Acta Universitatis Danubius. Juridica, Vol 12, No 3 (2016)

Local Integration as a Durable Solution for Refugees in South Africa

Jean Chrysostome N/A Kanamugire


Local integration is an important durable solution for refugees. It is an economic, socio-cultural and legal process. Refugees can have access to education, the right to seek employment, engage in economic activities and freedom of movement. Local integration 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 succeed in getting 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.


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