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  • Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/18/2013

Legislation reduces costs and supports rights of refugees  

In Uganda, legislation was passed benefitting 190,000+ refugees and asylum seekers currently living in Uganda, including the waiving of the $40 birth and death registration fees for refugees, and the inclusion of refugee rights in the police cadet‐training curriculum for all new recruits. Approximately 5,500 police cadets and constables have since been passed out under this curriculum. 12 refugee advocacy and support groups have been established, giving refugees a collective voice to support themselves and engage in advocacy.
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Key elements of context

 

  • In August 2012 there were 190,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda, following an influx over the summer of 40,000 Congolese fleeing violent outbreaks in Eastern DRC.
  • Uganda is known for being one of the most welcoming countries to refugees. It is a signatory of the 2006 Refugees Act, the African Convention on Internally Displaced People, the Great Lakes Pact on Peace, Security and Development, and also bound by other international treaties and conventions.
  • In spite of this positive reputation and the vast numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in the country, there is underlying entrenched discrimination and marginalisation. This is evident through both legislation and processes surrounding non‐citizens (such as having to pay to register births and deaths, failure of qualified refugees to attain Ugandan citizenship), and the treatment by the authorities of foreigners and those who do not have formal legal status such as arbitrary arrests and return to countries of origin or the mishandling cases involving refugees. The legal processes and support surrounding their entry and treatment have been historically unclear, informal, and lacking resource.