They Treated Me As If I Was Nothing

“They treated me as if I was nothing”

“They treated me as if I was nothing”

Research report on the gendered impact of the decision to close the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

Sally Gandar, ‘They treated me as if I was nothing’: Research report on the gendered impact of the decision to close the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office, Sonke Gender Justice, July 2019.

This report analyses the gendered impact of the closure of, and decisions to close, Refugee Reception Offices (RROs) in South Africa, with an emphasis on the impacts experienced by women, children, and LGBTIQ+ identifying asylum seekers living in and around Cape Town. The impact analysis is based on a literature and media review plus in-depth interviews conducted with sixteen key informants from the asylum seeker and refugee community living in and around Cape Town and with experts working in the field of asylum seeker and refugee assistance.

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