Africa and the Refugee Crisis: A Socio-Legal Inquiry

“Refugees are a reflection of our unsettled time”
  • Letlhokwa George MpediEmail author


This chapter critically discusses the refugee crisis on the African continent from a socio-legal perspective. It commences by outlining, in accordance with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (hereinafter the UNHCR), the refugee situation in numbers and related to regions (i.e., Central Africa and Great Lakes, East and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa) on the African continent. The numbers given refer to refugees as well as persons in refugee-like situations as of end of 2016. Secondly, this chapter provides a conceptual clarification of the concepts of ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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