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Refugees or Female Refugees?: A comparative case study on the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Cape Town, South Africa
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to explore the distinct experiences male and female refugees and asylum seekers face in relation to accessing their rights when seeking asylum in Cape Town, South Africa. The research is a comparative case study conducted in Cape Town and is done in the form of focus groups and semi-structured interviews. This study employs the theory of intersectionality, to examine if women face multifaceted oppression in regard to more than one social category - in this case race and gender. It also discusses how these two categories that intersect are not independent of one another, they rather cross to create a different kind of oppression which leads to the ‘double-othering’ of women. This entails that female migrants have to choose one form of oppression and disregard the other. The social category of gender is thereby often overlooked and disadvantaged in the setting of migration. The female migrants have to prioritize their struggle as foreigners which has a negative impact on the strive for an equal society. This was illuminated in the analysis where the respondents claimed there were no differences due to gender whilst simultaneously presenting evidence which shows that women are othered twice.

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2018. , p. 49
Keywords [en]
asylum seekers, refugee, South Africa, intersectionality, female migration, gender
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12676Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12676DiVA, id: diva2:1230978
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Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2018-07-05 Created: 2018-07-05 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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