What is the Angolan Cessation?
Thousands of refugees fled from Angola to South Africa due to the civil wars. These refugees were typically granted refugee status in South Africa. In 2002, the Angolan conflict ended. In 2013, the South African government cancelled all Angolans’ refugee statuses, as Angola was considered a safe country. Most Angolan former refugees were provided with an Angolan passport and a temporary visa which expired in 2015. Between 2015 and 2018, this group of refugees were in a precarious legal state until, after a court case, they were granted the right to stay in South Africa until 2021. Their future remains unclear. This group of refugees is deeply integrated into South Africa and wishes to remain here. We recommend that the Minister of Home Affairs grant this specific category of former refugees permanent residency in South Africa.