Advancing Refugee Protection in South Africa

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Berghahn Books (2008)




Political Science / Human Rights, Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural, Social Science / Developing & Emerging Countries


Divided into three thematic parts to guide the reader, this important volume documents the development and implementation of refugee policy in South Africa over a 10-year period from 1996 until 2006. In doing so, it addresses issues of detention, gender, children and health as well as welfare policies for refugees. The contributions, all written by academics and practitioners of refugee protection, vividly illustrate the tangible shifts and concerns of a process that is not only aimed at establishing policies and legislation but also practices concerning refugees. Jeff Handmaker is a lecturer in law, human rights and development at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague and honorary research fellow at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. Lee Anne de la Hunt will spend two terms from October 2010 to March 2011 as a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development. Jonathan Klaaren is Professor of Law and, from August 2010, Acting Head of the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.   All three editors have been closely involved in refugee policy development and protection issues in South Africa and have published extensively on the subject.

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