UNHCR and Republic of South Africa High-Level Dialogue: Main Outcomes

Published: 25/Jan/2022
Source: South African Department of Home Affairs

January 2022
UNHCR and Republic of South Africa High-Level Dialogue
Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) and Minister of Home Affairs


1. Asylum system development: legislative reform and protection impact
2. Asylum system development: social assistance
3. Asylum system development: judicial engagement
4. Asylum system development: RSD and backlog project
5. Durable solutions
6. Statelessness, including HLSS
7. Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Refugee Forum (update on pledges and current state of affairs)
8. Cooperation Agreement between UNHCR and GoRSA



  • UNHCR agrees that South Africa is not obliged to grant citizenship to every child born in South African territory to nonSouth African parents, unless there is indication that it would lead to statelessness, in line with the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness;
  •  The Government of South Africa will nonetheless issue a Record of Birth to be presented to the country where they are deserving of citizenship;
  • The Government of South Africa will actively collaborate with countries in the region to encourage and promote Civil Registration systems;
  • UNHCR and Government of South Africa will publish a common statement on the definition of a stateless person

Download full document: http://www.dha.gov.za/images/FINAL-OUTCOMES-HLD-25-Jan-2022.pdf

Themes: Birth Registration, Nationality and Refugees, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2022