Advocacy is an important aspect of the work done by the Refugee Rights Unit. Refugees fleeing war or persecution are often in a very vulnerable situation. They have no protection from their own state and can easily be victimized, marginalized, and robbed of their fundamental rights in the country of asylum.  Continued advocacy is a powerful tool which ensures that all refugees enjoy a meaningful and dignified experience of asylum in South Africa.

The Refugee Rights Unit is involved in many types of advocacy from submissions made to government on legislation, rules and policy decisions to community outreach and stakeholder training and development.