East African citizens' perceptions on refugees

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in partnership with Twaweza undertook the survey using Sauti za Wananchi, a mobile phone panel survey developed and managed by Twaweza East Africa to find out about East African perspectives on refugees. 

Sauti za Wananchi provides high quality and easily obtained survey data from a nationally representative sample of the population in each of the three target countries. The IRC collaborated with Twaweza, and national and international NGOs working on refugee issues to develop the survey consisting of 18 questions administered in all three countries during the first half of May 2018. Data was collection form 1,672 respondents in Kenya, 1,606 in Tanzania, and 1,925 in Uganda.

In all three countries; Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda the majority of citizens still have little or no interaction with refugees, yet Ugandans play a critical role, both directly and indirectly, in determining the conditions of refugee asylum.

The extent to which citizens influence asylum policies in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda are not well documented, and little is known about the impact of citizens’ perceptions on current policy positions.

Read the full reports by country:

Tanzanians’ perceptions of refugees

Kenyans’ perceptions of refugees

Ugandans’ perceptions of refugees

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