The Political Stakes of Displacement in South Sudan
This policy brief considers how forced displacement has affected South Sudan, in relation to its neighbours.
The brief shows:
- Humanitarian aid is only partially accessible for internally displaced people and returning displaced people face a myriad of problems.
- The politics around internally displaced persons governance remains rooted in ethnically polarized divisions resulting in gazetted Protection of Civilian Sites.
- There is a seemingly deliberate policy of the state to create conflict and force civilians to seek refuge in the neighbouring countries.
- Regional power dynamics reflect the changing dynamics of the states in the region in hosting South Sudanese refugees. While refugees contribute to the economies of the states in the region, the influx of South Sudanese refugees is also putting immense pressureon resources.
- The changing perception of displaced people in South Sudan and neighbouring Uganda. Displacement is highly ethnic and politicized like never seen before, while cordial relations between South Sudan refugees and host are strained.
The policy brief is published as part of the project Displacement in Africa which is funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research.