Main Debate

  • What is the meaning of the phrase ‘place of habitual residence’?

Main Points

  • Existence of a geographic nexus between the enumerated event and the person’s place of habitual residence
  • Determining what is a claimant’s particular place of habitual residence includes undertaking a factual enquiry considering all the factors connecting the person to the place where he or she resided


  1. OAU, Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, 10 September 1969, 1001 U.N.T.S. 45.



  1. M. Rankin, ‘Extending the Limits or Narrowing the Scope? Deconstructing the OAU Refugee Definition Thirty Years On’, South African Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, no. 3 (2005), pp. 432-434.


  1. T. Schreier, ‘The OAU Refugee Convention Definition’ in F. Khan and T. Schreier (eds), Refugee Law in South Africa, (Cape Town: Juta, 2014), pp. 88-90.
  2. T. Schreier, ‘An Evaluation of South Africa’s Application of the OAU Refugee Definition’ Refuge, vol. 24, no. 2, p. 53.
  3. G. Goodwin-Gill, The Refugee in International Law, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 309-310.