Author: Frank Ahimbisibwe

Working paper 2020.02

Uganda hosts refugees and asylum seekers from neighboring countries and the region. By April 2020, Uganda was one of the top refugee hosting countries in the world and the largest in Africa with over 1.4 million refugees. Uganda passed the Refugees Act in 2006 to regulate refugees.  The Act has been praised world wide as being a progressive law that meets international protection standards. The country has been generally described as being friendly to refugees. However, there is a discrepancy between the provisions of the Act and the country’s practice. This article analyzes this discrepancy by focusing on specific provisions of the Act.

Key words: forced migration, refugee protection, refugees act, refugee law, Uganda

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