Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook

Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook

Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook

Global Refugee Crisis: A Reference Handbook

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Global Refugee Crisis provides an overview of the world’s migration situation, but it also offers up a different way of conceptualizing human rights—as well as refugee protection itself. There are presently upwards of 40 million people who have been forced to flee their homes because of political violence and oppression. One segment of this population consists of refugees— individuals who have left their country of nationality because of a well-founded fear of persecution. The population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is approximately twice as large as this. However, what distinguishes refugees from IDPs is that the former have crossed a national border and have gained some form of international assistance, while the latter have not. The focus of the present work is on refugees, and we spend a considerable amount of time analyzing the meaning of refugee under international law.

In addition to examining law and current practice, Global Refugee Crisis places refugee protection within a much broader human rights context. After all, refugee protection is human rights protection. Yet, what differentiates the refugee phenomenon from all other areas of human rights is that it is based on protecting the human rights of others, rather than nationals of that state. In that way, refugee protection offers a more expansive understanding of the human rights responsibilities of states.

Yet, at the same time, refugee phenomenon serves as a strong reaffirmation of the principle of state sovereignty. For one thing, no state is obligated to admit any refugees. In addition, international law seemingly allows receiving states to pursue measures that will work to prevent refugees from arriving at their . . .

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