Protecting Vulnerable Refugees: An empirical examination of the implementation practices of aid workers and state actors in Uganda [report]

Sophie Nakueira
2021 Zenodo  
Executive Summary This research report has been published as part of the EU Horizon 2020 VULNER research project (www. vulner.eu). The VULNER research project is an international research initiative, which objective is to reach a more profound understanding of the experiences of vulnerabilities of migrants applying for asylum and other humanitarian protection statuses, and how they could best be addressed. It therefore makes use of a twofold analysis, which confronts the study of existing
more » ... tion mechanisms towards vulnerable migrants (such as minors and victims of human trafficking), with the one of their own experiences on the ground. This research report presents some of the intermediate research results of the VULNER project, based on the first phase of the project, which consisted of mapping out the vulnerability assessment mecha- nisms developed in Uganda by the office of the United Nations and High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and international aid agencies, including how they are implemented on the ground through the practices of the public servants and aid workers in charge. The following research questions are addressed: What do the relevant domestic legislation, policy documents, and administrative guidelines reveal about how "vulnerabilities" are being assessed and ad- dressed in the countries under study? Do the relevant state and/or aid agencies have a legal duty to as- sess migrants' vulnerabilities, and if yes, using which procedures, when and how? Following which legal and bureaucratic criteria? How do decision-makers (street-level bureaucrats) understand and perceive the 'vulnerabilities' of the migrants they meet on a daily basis? How do they address these 'vulnerabilities' through their everyday practices? What is their stance on existing legal requirements towards 'vulnerable' migrants? Which loopholes do they identify? To that end, a large numbe [...]
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