2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Immigrant Rights in the "New" South Africa
Rae Doyle
Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentor

The movement of people across international borders is increasingly important to understand in todays interconnected, globalized world. This is particularly true of the developing world, as immigration flows can have a profound impact on economic and political stability. As the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa further develop, questions regarding immigration policy and the rights of immigrants will be of great importance. Each day in downtown Cape Town, South Africa, hundreds of families wait outside the Department of Home Affairs in the hopes of securing their right to remain in the country. Many asylum seekers awaiting refugee status fail to renew their temporary residency permits, in part due to inadequacies of Home Affairs, and are forced to leave the country within 24 hours. This project explores the rights of immigrants and offers the recommendation that reformed immigration policy is imperative for the New South Africa.

Keywords: Immigration, Africa, Human Rights

Topic(s):Democracy and Human Rights in South Africa

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 405-1
Location: MG 2090
Time: 2:30

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