Temporary Protection for Refugees: The Case
of Zimbabwe

ASILE Annual Conference_Events
25 January 2023
Cape Town

The third ASILE Annual Conference started with a public event focusing on the Temporary Protection for Zimbabwean Refugees. 

The event kicked-off with a keynote speach given by Ms Monique Ekoko (UNHCR Regional Representative (SAMCO)) on Complementary Pathways and the Global Compact on Refugees.

The meeting counted with the participation of academics, practitioners, students and key holders of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), who actively engaged in the Panel discussion that took place after the keynote speech and offered a presentation from two key experts, Mr James Chapman (Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town) who spoke on the decision to advocate against the withdrawal of the ZEPs, and Advocate David Simonsz, who presented the legal argument to contest the withdrawal of the ZEPs.

The public event continued with the organization of a Task Force (by invitation only), which provided a roundtable discussion with Government focal persons, Civil society representatives, academia, holders of  ZEP and the UNHCR. The format of the meeting allowed for a very open and frank discussion. Holders of ZEP had also the possibility to share their testimonies, obstacles and experiences. Furthermore, the participants had the possibility to gather in groups (divided by topics) and provide feedback and recommendations. This feedback was collected by the ASILE experts who will include them in their research. 


Fatima Khan



Sergio Carrera


Keynote Speaker

Monique Ekoko

UNHCR Regional Representative (SAMCO)

Presentation Topic: Complementary Pathways and the Global Compact on Refugees


James Chapman

Advocacy Manager from the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town and A civil society member and Representative from the Consortium for
Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CORMSA)

David Simonsz

Legal counsellor challenging the decision taken by government to end the temporary protection

 Jesus Perez Sanchez

 Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR

Event details

Date: 25.01.2023, Wednesday

Time: 09:30 – 16:00 (CET)

Hybrid – University of Cape Town Business School Conference Venue – Waterfront (in person) & Microsoft Teams (online)