Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area

 

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Brien, Constance en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Reiss, Chloé en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-22T13:15:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-22T13:15:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Reiss, C. 2016. Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20611
dc.description.abstract Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) providing services to refugees and asylum seekers are hard-pressed to effectively address the many challenges that these individuals face. Many struggling Black South Africans perceive these migrants as competing for scarce resources or as being able to achieve better livelihoods than they have in their own country. This study examines the challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town metropolitan area. A qualitative research design was adopted and a total of twenty-one respondents from twelve NPOs were purposively targeted. Thus a non-probability sampling strategy was used. Data was collected through face-to-face in-depth interviews using a semi-structured schedule. The findings reveal that the legacy of the past and perpetuating socio-economic inequalities hinder the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. Xenophobia remains a major concern and the approach of government toward migration appears contradictory. Documentation, administration and corruption at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO), abuse and discrimination, are major challenges for refugees and asylum seekers. NPOs assisting them remain constrained by lack of funding and government cooperation. Further awareness initiatives, community mobilisation and social cohesion programmes are required. These findings inspired some recommendations for further research as well as for NPOs, which include lobbying for the establishment of a Central Migrant Help Desk; enhancing access to psychological services; developing more social cohesion programmes and further facilitating access to basic social services. Other recommendations encourage NPOs to develop a policy document to present to parliament tackling the issues of backlogs, renewal of documents, regulations in the workforce, documentation awareness, improvement of professional training of stakeholders; and advocating for progressive and coherent policy-decision making. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Development en_ZA
dc.title Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area 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 MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Reiss, C. (2016). <i>Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20611 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Reiss, Chloé. <i>"Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20611 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Reiss C. Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20611 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Reiss, Chloé AB - Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) providing services to refugees and asylum seekers are hard-pressed to effectively address the many challenges that these individuals face. Many struggling Black South Africans perceive these migrants as competing for scarce resources or as being able to achieve better livelihoods than they have in their own country. This study examines the challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town metropolitan area. A qualitative research design was adopted and a total of twenty-one respondents from twelve NPOs were purposively targeted. Thus a non-probability sampling strategy was used. Data was collected through face-to-face in-depth interviews using a semi-structured schedule. The findings reveal that the legacy of the past and perpetuating socio-economic inequalities hinder the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. Xenophobia remains a major concern and the approach of government toward migration appears contradictory. Documentation, administration and corruption at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO), abuse and discrimination, are major challenges for refugees and asylum seekers. NPOs assisting them remain constrained by lack of funding and government cooperation. Further awareness initiatives, community mobilisation and social cohesion programmes are required. These findings inspired some recommendations for further research as well as for NPOs, which include lobbying for the establishment of a Central Migrant Help Desk; enhancing access to psychological services; developing more social cohesion programmes and further facilitating access to basic social services. Other recommendations encourage NPOs to develop a policy document to present to parliament tackling the issues of backlogs, renewal of documents, regulations in the workforce, documentation awareness, improvement of professional training of stakeholders; and advocating for progressive and coherent policy-decision making. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area TI - Challenges faced by NPOs providing services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Cape Town Metropolitan area UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20611 ER - en_ZA


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