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International Refugee Regime

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Elizabeth Kohlway

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the International Refugee Regime By Elizabeth Kohlway Today States UNHCR Conventions, Rules, and Initiatives "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood"
~UN Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 "...no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or other limitation of sovereignty" 2002-2005 Convention Plus Initiative Historical
Context Regional Instruments For actors involved in the regime, there has developed a contradiction between having humanitarian ideals, but hesitating to act on those liberal principles. Burden-sharing Protection Assistance Global Governance "A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it"
(UNHCR, 1967) Non-refoulment Repatriation Asylum Resettlement The United States and European nations were the regime's "prime movers" 1967 Protocol Convention relating to the status of Refugees, 1951 UNHCR is a person too... Internationally Displaced People (IDPs) References


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Rise of nationalism After World War I, empires disband and people disperse across borders World War II demonstrates that international oversight is not only helpful, but possibly vital to protecting lives These primary players had interest in creating an international organization for several reasons:
Refugee resettlement could be used as a defense tactic
Industrialized nations could obtain a strong workforce that could potentially boost their economies
Strong, multilateral organization Limited power and autonomy Examples:
1969 Organization for African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems
The 1984 Cartagena Declaration on Refugees in Latin America
In the 1970s and 1980s the regime is forced to manage an epidemic of failed states and financial crisis
"Normalization of deviance" Globalization "Root Causes" Confusion between economic immigrants and refugees
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