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The UN says there are almost 15 million refugees in the world, the highest number since 1993. Continued instability in the Middle East and North Africa suggests this number will grow. The international regime governing the reception and treatment of refugees was put in place at the end of World War II. Does it remain ‘fit for purpose’?
The chaotic and tragic images of Syrians fleeing across the Aegean are repeated (though less reported on) on the other side of the world, as Rohingya refugees from Myanmar flee across the Indian Ocean. In both cases, and many more, states eschew orderly reception and resettlement plans for the refugees, and show little solidarity with first asylum countries. How can states be convinced to co-operate to provide the protection all agree is necessary, rather than compete to impose ever-harsher barriers to entry?
There will be important UN conferences in 2016 where states will recommit to humanitarian principles and to international burden sharing. New ideas and innovative policy proposals are urgently needed to reinvigorate a truly global commitment to refugee protection.
The Trump administration is affecting refugee politics from small towns to the world stage, and activists have a long road ahead.
Polling in over two dozen countries shows much greater public support for refugees than commonly reported. Español, Français
Polls measure public opinion on refugees, but studying deeper thinking and issue framing are the keys to understanding people’s willingness to act. Español
Japan fails to protect refugees—but arguing it should do so because its aging society needs new immigrants hasn’t worked. 日本語
If refugee advocates don’t shine a light on budgets, it will be nearly impossible to ensure sustained support for refugee protection efforts. Español
Activists are using a multi-van in Germany to help female refugees cope with violence and harassment. Deutsch
The refugee regime extends well beyond the 1951 Convention, and a broader contextual view is necessary in debates about change. Español
The refugee protection regime works if it remains limited to those genuinely fleeing persecution -- though the Syrian crisis proves again that ways must also be found to protect those at risk of generalized violence.
We have to stop pushing new refugee solutions without assessing where we have succeeded and failed so far. Français
When we think of forced displacement, we don’t usually think about the stateless. But we should
The Refugee Convention was designed for an earlier era, but there seems little will to update its provisions to meet today’s reality. Türkçe
The best refugee legislation in the world will have little effect when those seeking protection are characterized as security risks. Français
Host states impose greater restrictions on refugees’ rights at least partly because Western states aren’t fulfilling their responsibilities. العربية
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