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New research report launched in Cape Town
Manufacturing Illegality? The impact of curtailing asylum seekers' right to work in South Africa

This is the topic of a new research report launched at a roundtable discussion we hosted together with the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa and the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office.

Authors and partner representatives

The authors of the report and panelists with representatives of the partner organisations


Serious potential implications of proposed new legislation

The authors of the report which was published by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation introduced key findings of their research on the potential impact of the amendments to the Refugee Act.  The act’s curtailments on asylum seekers’ right to work would have many possible social, political & economic ramifications. The launch of the report comes at a time where draft regulations have been published for public comments.

Find the full research report here:

The audience at the event

Audience at the event


Productive discussion with the audience

The insightful presentations by the authors, Sergio Carciotto, Associate Director at SIHMA; Dr Vanya Gastrow, Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCT; and Mr Corey Johnson, Advocacy Officer at the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town, were followed by a lively discussion with the audience. 

To find out more about the content of the presentations, read this brief event report by our partners at the CPLO: