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No Place to Go But Up: Urban Refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa


As part of a year-long study on urban refugee livelihoods, the Women’s Refugee Commission undertook a field assessment trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, in March/April 2011. The assessment focused on refugees‘ economic coping strategies, associated protection risks and potential market opportunities. This study focused on Somali and Congolese refugees in the inner city and Zimbabwean refugees and poor South Africans in Alexander township.

South Africa Women Gender Equality Livelihoods Economic Empowerment and Self-Reliance Reports