South Africa does not put refugees in camps. So, the government is responsible for their protection and well-being. Its performance was hit-and-miss.
Refugees hinder the US economy, the Trump administration has said as it cuts refugee admissions to record lows. But data show that they boost economies, revive neighborhoods and expand tax bases.
The policy and law applying to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa is largely progressive. But, in practice, they continue to endure hardship and unfair treatment by officials.
Over the past few decades, the US has gradually lowered the ceiling for refugees.