The Rights Of Asylum Seekers And Refugees In South Africa

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THE PLIGHT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa has been hosting millions of refugees and asylum seekers from across Africa and Asia. The state has taken steps in giving protection to these vulnerable sections of society. One of the important steps it has taken is the explicit and implicit inclusion of refugee and asylum seekers’ rights in the Constitution. The Refugee Act (1998) and Constitutional Court decisions also give human rights protection to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.
South Africa attracts economic migrants because it is the second biggest economy of Africa and it is considered to offer better economic opportunities for economic migrants. The country is also rated as one of the best few countries in the democracy index in Africa. This seems the reason why people who are persecuted for political reasons in their countries choose South Africa as their shelter. As such, a person who has been persecuted in his country because he exercised his political opinion can freely exercise this right in South Africa. However, he will practically be unable to exercise his socio-economic rights in South Africa. So, while fleeing the violation of his political rights, he may once again find himself in a situation where he cannot exercise his socio-economic rights.
But which rights of refugees and asylum seekers are protected? And which rights are prone to violation?
As socio-economic rights have proved to be difficult to automatically

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