Refugees, Social Justice, and Reflexive Practices: A Critical Account of Social Services in African Refugee Camps, From My Journal

  • Julie Drolet, Ph.D. Thompson Rivers University


This narrative provides a critical examination of the policies, programs, and practices of social services for refugees and asylum-seekers in Africa based on original field research and field experience. Ethnographic research methods based in two refugee camp sites in Malawi provided information on the host country, the role and function of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the challenges it faces. Vignettes of two case studies are provided based on the experiences of rural Mozambican refugees in Nsanje and urban refugees in Dzaleka.
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