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This new research brief by Georgia Cole outlines why, in the context of a specific displaced population in Uganda, individuals choose to avoid the asylum system, and what alternatives they both pursue and would prefer to it. Their responses point towards a practical set of changes that could significantly enhance protection within the asylum system in this context. But they also point towards a preference for legal pathways to regularising individuals’ statuses that are discrete from the refugee regime and its labels. The brief is based on research conducted with Eritreans in Kampala in late 2016.

Dr Georgia Cole is a Research Fellow at the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was previously the Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre. 

Read the brief here: Avoiding refugee status and alternatives to asylum