Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

Authored by: Phil Orchard

The Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415844420
eBook ISBN: 9780203753422
Adobe ISBN: 9781135013936

10.4324/9780203753422.ch25

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Abstract

Flight is one of the most basic responses to persecution and violence. The 1951 Refugee Convention presumes that refugees are outside of their own country, that they have fled from individualized state-based persecution, and that they can no longer count on the protection of their own state. To respond to this, the Convention and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) exist to provide these refugees with international protection. Thus, protection is anchored in international law.

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