“Angola is just a picture in my mind”: Research on the integration and future plans of Angolans affected by the Cessation
Source: Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town
By Lotte Manicom
The Angolan Cessation, announced by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in May 2013, was largely successful in providing alternative documentation to those Angolan refugees who wished to remain in South Africa following the withdrawal of their refugee status. However, uncertainty exists regarding their future stay in South Africa. The temporary residence permit, which was issued as per relaxed requirements of the Immigration Act and Regulations – hereby referred to as the Angolan Cessation Project (ACP) permit – provided affected Angolans with a two-year stay in South Africa. These ACP permits start expiring in June 2015. DHA indicated that Angolans with ACP permits could apply to extend their permits as per the regular requirements of the Immigration Act and Regulations. The research, focusing on Angolan nationals who held refugee status or an asylum seeker permit prior to the Cessation,is undertaken in order to better understand the socio-economic realities of the respondents,whilst understanding their plans for future documentation in South Africa, and their ability to secure such documentation in terms of the regular requirements.