An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Booyens, Margaret en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Riak, Viola Aluel en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-01T12:33:31Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-01T12:33:31Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Riak, V. 2011. An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10826
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 74-81). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The main purpose of this study is to explore the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees in South Africa. The 15 South Sudanese men who participated in the current study had left Sudan because of the civil war there. All the participants said that the civil war was characterised by gunshots fired by the Sudanese Government soldiers that were intended to kill the South Sudanese. The participants highlighted certain political, religious and racial inequalities, and the unequal distribution of resources between the South and North Sudanese. The participants indicated that they had come to seek refuge in South Africa for security, safety and socio-economic reasons. Because there was no war or conflict in South Africa, participants came to South Africa to seek refuge. Participants said that South Africa was one of the most peaceful countries in Africa; and that it has enacted laws that allow refugees to live in its territory. The findings show that, although the participants came to South Africa hoping to improve their quality of life and to be secure and safe, participants also acknowledged that living in a foreign country as a refugee is not easy and has positive, as well as negative aspects. All 15 participants identified the Department of Home Affairs as the main problem impeding a smooth application process in their attempts to secure refugee status. The participants identified the process as being lengthy, and spoke about the corruption and harassment they experienced at the Department of Home Affairs. The participants blamed the corruption in the Department of Home Affairs on the staff. The findings show that corruption reduces the chances of refugees securing their refugee status. The findings revealed that because the Home Affairs staff knew the importance of refugee status to refugees, they took advantage of this and asked for bribes from these refugees. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Development en_ZA
dc.title An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSci en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Riak, V. A. (2011). <i>An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10826 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Riak, Viola Aluel. <i>"An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10826 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Riak VA. An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2011 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10826 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Riak, Viola Aluel AB - The main purpose of this study is to explore the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees in South Africa. The 15 South Sudanese men who participated in the current study had left Sudan because of the civil war there. All the participants said that the civil war was characterised by gunshots fired by the Sudanese Government soldiers that were intended to kill the South Sudanese. The participants highlighted certain political, religious and racial inequalities, and the unequal distribution of resources between the South and North Sudanese. The participants indicated that they had come to seek refuge in South Africa for security, safety and socio-economic reasons. Because there was no war or conflict in South Africa, participants came to South Africa to seek refuge. Participants said that South Africa was one of the most peaceful countries in Africa; and that it has enacted laws that allow refugees to live in its territory. The findings show that, although the participants came to South Africa hoping to improve their quality of life and to be secure and safe, participants also acknowledged that living in a foreign country as a refugee is not easy and has positive, as well as negative aspects. All 15 participants identified the Department of Home Affairs as the main problem impeding a smooth application process in their attempts to secure refugee status. The participants identified the process as being lengthy, and spoke about the corruption and harassment they experienced at the Department of Home Affairs. The participants blamed the corruption in the Department of Home Affairs on the staff. The findings show that corruption reduces the chances of refugees securing their refugee status. The findings revealed that because the Home Affairs staff knew the importance of refugee status to refugees, they took advantage of this and asked for bribes from these refugees. DA - 2011 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2011 T1 - An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa TI - An exploration into the challenges and experiences of South Sudanese male refugees living in Pretoria, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10826 ER - en_ZA


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