Refuge

Refuge is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring

Bordering on Legality: Canadian Church Sanctuary and the Rule of Law
Abstract This paper examines church sanctuary incidents in Canada involving unsuccessful refugee claimants seeking to avoid deportation. The author contends that when faith-based communities develop formal screening mechanisms to determine who among...
Contesting the Shape of Political Space: An Investigation of the "Threat of Asylum" in Britain
Abstract Defined in terms or a national security discourse, Britain's asylum policy facilitates a disturbing dissociation of the asylum seeker from the identity of the refugee. The roots of this discourse can, this paper argues, be understood if...
Deportation vs. Sanctuary: The Rationalities, Technologies, and Subjects of Finnish Sanctuary Practices
Evangelical Lutheran parishes and their representatives have provided sanctuaries for asylum seekers for forty years in Finland. Yet this activity became widely publicly recognized only after the Finnish Ecumenical Council released the "Church as Sanctuary"...
Forced Migrants in Serbia: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons-Facts and Figures, Coping Strategies, Future
The paper deals with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Considering their numbers, Serbia is the first in Europe and fourteenth on the globe. Their destiny is not only a tragic epilogue to the political dissolution of the former Yugoslavia,...
From Political Instrument to Protection Tool? Resettlement of Refugees and North-South Relations
Abstract Lacking a clear legal definition, the conceptualization and application of durable solutions have been highly influenced by states' interests that were often at odds with humanitarian concerns on refugee protection. During the Cold War...
Good Material: Canada and the Prague Spring Refugees
Abtract In August 1968, the Soviet Union sent troops into Czechoslovakia to crush the burgeoning spirit of reform known as the "Prague Spring." The Soviet invasion and the return of oppressive government measures triggered the flight of twenty-seven...
L'asile Religieux, Entre Lecture Liberale et Republicaine : Quels Defis Pour Les Societes Democratiques?
Abstract This article resituates analyses on religious asylum in a reflection on democracy. Religious asylum as a special form of civil disobedience opens an inquiry into the legitimacy of the latter in a democratic context. We first examine the...
Legacies and Origins of the 1980s US-Central American Sanctuary Movement
Abstract This article re-examines the US-Central American sanctuary movement of the 1980s. Our re-examination is motivated by two factors. First, with the passage of time it is possible to discern the movement's origins in ways that could not be...
L'immigration Irreguliere et le Trafic Des Migrants Comme Ultime Recours Pour Atteindre le Canada : L'experience Migratoire Des Demandeurs D'asile
Abstract The overall objective of this study is to understand the experiences of asylum seekers arriving illegally, including with the help of smugglers, in Canada. The phenomenon of illegal immigration in Canada is analyzed using the specific experiences...
Refugees, Persons of Concern, and People on the Move: The Broadening Boundaries of UNHCR
Abstract This article examines the way in which UNHCR has expanded its range of policy interests and operational activities since its establishment in 1951, focusing on the extension of the organization's mission from refugees to groups such as...
Refuge in Europe? Church Asylum as Human Rights Work in Fortress Europe
More Than Twenty-five Years of Church Asylum in Germany On August 30, 1983, Cemal Altun, a twenty-three-year-old Turkish asylum seeker, jumped out of a window of a Berlin court building, ending his life. His imminent deportation to a state where...
Responses to Internal Displacement in Colombia: Guided by What Principles?
Abstract This article aims to explain the gap between IDP law and practice in Colombia. Colombia's IDP legislation is considered one of the world's most advanced legal systems as it puts in practice the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement....
Sanctuary in Context
In recent times, international migrants living without legal status in Canada, the United States, and European countries have resorted to various institutional manifestations of "sanctuary" to resist deportation. Beginning in the early 1980s, the ancient...
Seeking Refuge in an Unrecognized State: Oromos in Somaliland
Abstract The self-declared state of Somaliland is much better known as a refugee producing territory than a refugee destination. Yet in recent years the territory has witnessed growing non-Somali immigration from the Oromo regions of Ethiopia. In...
Temporary Protection and the Refugee Convention in Australia, Denmark, and Germany
Abstract This paper reports on a comparative study of temporary protection (TP) mechanisms in Australia and selected European jurisdictions. Specifically, it analyzes policy developments and trends in the use of TP mechanisms in Denmark, Germany,...
Unwelcome Guests: The Detention of Refugees in Turkey's "Foreigners' Guesthouses"
Abstract As European countries bordering the Mediterranean have introduced increasingly harsh measures to stem the flow of irregular migration across their frontiers, Turkey has become one of the main crossroads for flows of migration from Africa,...
What Is Entailed in Offering Sanctuary? Findings from a Consultation Held at Romero House Toronto, November 2007
On November 20-21, at Romero House in Toronto, close to fifty people from across Canada came together to compare their experiences in offering sanctuary to refugees facing deportation to places where their lives would be in danger. What follows...
Whither International Law? Security Certificates, the Supreme Court, and the Rights of Non-Citizens in Canada
Abstract In this paper, the author examines the role of international law on the development of Canada's security certificate regime. On the one hand, international law has had a perceptible impact on judicial reasoning, contributing to judges'...
Wither Sanctuary?
Abstract Features of all fifty sanctuary incidents occurring in Canada from 1983 to early 2009 are described and recent trends identified. The duration of sanctuary incidents has increased dramatically, the success rate has declined, and no new...

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