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An Unenforceable law?: Policy, practice and political narratives shaping the detention and protection of migrant women and children in South Africa

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Research reports & papers
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Children's Legal Centre
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This report draws upon research conducted as part of an EU-funded project, ‘Ending unlawful deprivation of liberty of women and children in South Africa’, to explain the systemic violation of migrants’ rights in South Africa and to explore the impact of protection systems designed to promote those rights for migrant women and unaccompanied children. The research demonstrates how a tightly restricted immigration system, an overburdened and poorly functioning asylum system, and an under-resourced and unsuitable child protection system, place migrant women and children in an extremely vulnerable position: at risk of arrest, detention, exploitation and abuse.