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date: 18 October 2019

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In official policy terms, local integration—one of the three ‘durable solutions’ along with repatriation and resettlement—is a means to ending exile by allowing refugees to become full members of their host community in their first country of asylum. It is often the most viable of the three solutions, yet suffers from official neglect. This chapter examines the importance of refugees’ autonomy and of centring solutions around belonging—both at a local level and through citizenship—and argues that local integration is not so much the ‘forgotten’ solution but the official ‘forbidden’ solution. It compares two recognized categories of local integration, namely de facto and de jure local integration, and considers refugee situations in Africa. It also places local integration in a historical context and discusses obstacles to local integration.

Keywords: refugees, asylum, autonomy, citizenship, local integration, Africa, durable solutions

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