Rethinking Refugee Law

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dc.contributor.author NATHWANI, Niraj
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-27T13:22:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-27T13:22:43Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation The Hague/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2003, Refugees and human rights, 7 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9789041120021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/23973
dc.description (Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 1998.) en
dc.description.abstract Refugee law faces a serious crisis in Europe. This crisis highlights the need to explain the following questions: What is the relationship between refugee law and immigration policy? How much immigration do States need to tolerate for moral and practical reasons even if they do not wish any immigration? The general legal principle of necessity offers a useful theoretical basis for refugee law. Necessity explains the conditions under which it would be unfair to fight off unwanted immigrants by deportation and punishment. Necessity also explains the conditions under which a restrictive immigration policy is not feasible at a reasonable cost versus desperate individuals. It follows that necessity overrules a restrictive immigration policy and qualifies as a robust explanation of the purpose of a fair refugee policy.This study explores the consequences of the theory of necessity for the interpretation of key concepts of refugee law (persecution, well-founded fear, reasons of persecution, asylum) and concludes that a generous refugee practice can be conceived and logically justified even if a restrictive immigration policy is a political reality. en
dc.description.tableofcontents --Ch. 1: The purpose of refugee law 1 --Ch. 2: Current strategies to restrict the scope of the refugee concept 49 --Ch. 3: The necessity approach to interpreting the refugee concept 85 --Ch. 4: Asylum 115 --Ch. 5: Conclusions 147 --Bibliography 151 --Index 167 en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Martinus Nijhoff Publishers en
dc.title Rethinking Refugee Law en
dc.type Book en


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