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The State of the World’s Refugees 2006

> United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (...)

The Convention sets out the basic principles on which international refugee protection is built: non-refoulement, which emphasizes that refugees should not be returned to any place where they could face persecution; and impartiality, whereby all refugees are provided protection without discrimination. Recently, these principles have come under increasing threat. In a world which has grown increasingly hostile to asylum and refugees, the very relevance of the Convention has been questioned.Critics of the Convention allege that it is outdated, unworkable, irrelevant and inflexible. They label it a complication in the context of contemporary ’mixed migration’. For their part, many states argue that the Convention does not adequately address either their interests or the actual needs of refugees. Besides such criticisms, the refugee protection regime is being confronted by other developments with the potential to constrain refugee protection.  read

date of on-line publication : 25 August 2006

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