People migrate for a variety of reasons. Some choose to migrate and others are forced. To cross an international border, they need permission of the host state. The 1951 Refugee Convention creates the refugee as an exceptional category of international migrants that is entitled to international protection. This research seeks to explore whether international refugee law rationally protects vulnerable peoples in the contemporary world. This is done through examining the historical context through which the refugee was created as a legal subject in international law and evaluating the critiques of the current implementation of international refugee law. This thesis argues that the causes of migration from countries of the global south are linked with global inequalities of power and wealth, a condition that the human rights and humanitarian language of the international refugee regime fails to address.
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MA in Migration & Refugee Studies
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Refugees -- Legal status, laws, etc.
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(2012).From political tool to humanitarian stalemate: a critical appraisal of international refugee law as a global protection mechanism [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Mattheisen, Emily Rose. From political tool to humanitarian stalemate: a critical appraisal of international refugee law as a global protection mechanism. 2012. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.