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Reference: Milner, James (James H. S.), (2006). The politics of asylum in Africa. DPhil. University of Oxford.Citable link to this page:


The politics of asylum in Africa Subtitle: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Guinea

Abstract: There is a crisis of asylum in Africa. In response to large and protracted refugeepopulations, declining donor assistance and a range of related security concerns, a significantnumber of African states have limited the asylum they offer to refugees. Some states haveclosed their borders to new arrivals and pursued early repatriations. Many other states havecontained refugees in isolated and insecure camps. Given the scale of this crisis, the globalpressures on asylum, and the disproportionate share of the global refugee burden borne byAfrica, understanding the responses of African states poses an important challenge.A critical examination of the factors influencing the refugee policies of African statesis, however, strikingly absent from the scholarly literature. The objective of this thesis is toaddress this gap by examining the responses of Kenya, Tanzania and Guinea to the arrival andprolonged presence of significant refugee populations. Drawing on field research, this thesisargues that the asylum policies of the three cases are the result of factors both related to thepresence of refugees, such as burden sharing and security concerns, and unrelated to thepresence of refugees, such as foreign policy priorities, democratization, economicliberalization and the sense of vulnerability experienced by many regimes in Africa.Drawing on a political history of the post-colonial African state, this thesis argues foran approach that recognizes the politics of asylum in Africa. Such an approach highlights theimportance of incorporating the host state into any examination of asylum in Africa and thepredominant role that broader political factors play in the formulation of asylum policies. Thisis not to suggest that factors such as the protracted nature of refugee populations, levels ofburden sharing and security concerns are irrelevant to the study of asylum in Africa. Instead,the thesis argues that such factors are very relevant, but need to be understood in a morecritical way, mindful of the political context within which asylum policies are formulated.This approach leads to important lessons not only for the study of asylum in Africa, but alsofor the future of the refugee protection regime in Africa.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:This thesis was digitised thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky


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 Bibliographic Details

Issue Date: 2006Identifiers

Urn: uuid:89a91ea8-d2af-4727-8f46-f57b3ac9001b

Source identifier: 604788897 Item Description

Type: Thesis;

Language: eng Subjects: Africa Kenya Tanzania Guinea Asylum, Right of Refugees Burden sharing Asylum policy Tiny URL: td:604788897


Autor: Milner, James James H. S. - institutionUniversity of Oxford institutionSt. Antony's College University of Oxford facultySocia



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