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Title:Between a Camp and a Hard Place: Rights, Livelihood and Experiences of the Local Settlement System for Long-Term Refugees in Uganda
Author:Kaiser, TaniaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
refugee assistance
freedom of movement
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Labor and Employment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4486705
Abstract:Drawing on qualitative research with Sudanese refugees in and outside formal settlements, this article challenges characterizations of Uganda's UNHCR-supported refugee settlement system as un-problematically successful. It shows that by denying refugees freedom of movement, the settlement system undermines their socioeconomic and other rights. Refugees who remain outside the formal system of refugee registration and settlement are deprived of the refugee status to which they are entitled under international law. The article questions the conventional opposition between refugees living in and out of refugee settlements in the Ugandan context, revealing a more complex and interconnected dynamic than is often assumed. It suggests that those refugees with some external support may be able to escape the confines of remote rural settlements, where refugee agricultural livelihoods are seriously compromised by distance from markets, unfavourable climatic conditions, exhausted soil and inadequate inputs. It argues that refugee livelihoods face more rather than fewer challenges as exile becomes protracted, and concludes that the government and UNHCR's Self-Reliance Strategy (SRS) have not yet managed to overcome the contradiction inherent in denying people freedom of movement, without supporting them effectively to meet their needs in the places to which they are restricted. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]