How Much Refugees And Asylum Seekers Received From SRD

By Enk Kabng •  Updated: 05/11/24 •  4 min read

Asylum seekers who apply for refugee status in South Africa face numerous challenges, including limited access to social assistance programs. But, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offers certain social assistance to asylum seekers, including the COVID-19 SRD grant.

This article provides an overview of the SASSA grant for asylum seekers, including the eligibility criteria, application process, and the challenges that asylum seekers may encounter when applying for social assistance in South Africa. We will also discuss How Much Refugees And Asylum Seekers Received In SASSA SRD Grants

Can Refugees Apply For SASSA?

South Africa is heavily populated but not with its citizens only. It is home to so many refugees, but who is a refugee in the eyes of South African law? 

South Africa’s Home Affairs department classifies a refugee as someone who has fled their country of origin and is seeking recognition and protection in the Republic of South Africa, whose application is still under consideration. 

The answer to the question “Can refugees apply for SASSA?” is Yes! Refugees qualify to apply for SASSA if they meet other eligibility criteria. 

Here are the additional eligibility terms: 

Please Contact SASSA for more eligibility information. Even though the list will be updated, do your due diligence if there are any changes.

You can contact the SASSA call centre about your eligibility at 0800 60 10 11 or at ssd@sassa.gov.za.

How Much Refugees And Asylum Seekers Received From SASSA SRD Grants

SASSA has paid R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grants to 4,102 refugees and 15,258 asylum seekers since the introduction of the grant. The Social Development minister has revealed that Sassa paid R34,456,800 to refugees and R63,113,750 to asylum seekers.

Refugees and asylum seekers eligible for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant received R350 per month.

SASSA Status Check For Asylum Seekers

To check the current status of the application and eligibility for social assistance as an asylum seeker, you can follow these steps:

Accessing social assistance as an asylum seeker can be complex. It’s important to note this. Seeking assistance from refugee and asylum-seeker support organisations is recommended.

Contact the SASSA call centre at their hotline 0800 60 10 11 or via email ssd@sassa.gov.za.

SASSA Grant For Asylum Seekers Application

To apply for the grant as an asylum seeker, follow these steps:

The application process for the COVID-19 SRD grant as an asylum seeker can be complex. It’s important to note this. Seeking assistance from organisations specialising in refugee and asylum seeker support is recommended.

Also, asylum seekers may be eligible for other social assistance SASSA offers, depending on their circumstances. They can inquire about their eligibility for additional grants and programs by contacting their nearest SASSA office.

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