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Asylum vs sovereignty in the 21st century: How nation-state's breach international law to block access to asylum.

Campbell, John;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
  • Country: United Kingdom
Asylum was created by the international community in the 20th century to provide legal protection to individuals fleeing persecution by nation states; but the ability to secure asylum has been fundamentally reshaped by sovereign national interests in the 21st century. This paper has two objectives. First it explores the various ways in which nation-states have adopted policies and pursued agendas which prevent asylum seekers from gaining access to countries of asylum, which criminalize many who enter a country of asylum and which frustrate their ability to obtain asylum. When state signatories breach their legal obligations to the Refugee Convention, the UNHCR h...
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