The international community must honor the right of refugees to seek asylum | Jeff Crisp
- 3 June 2015
- Media coverage
RSC Research Associate, Dr Jeff Crisp, writes in the International New York Times
Yesterday in the International New York Times, the 'Room for Debate' section focused on the global refugee and migrant crisis with a collection of five articles by experts in this area, including Dr Jeff Crisp, RSC Advisor and newly appointed Research Associate.
Referring to the ongoing forced migration of Rohingyas, Syrians, Somalis and Eritreans, fleeing persecution, conflict and political repression, Dr Crisp stated: ‘Many politicians and journalists have misleadingly referred to this humanitarian emergency as a “migrant crisis.” But that gives the international community license to turn a blind eye to refugees, who have the right to have their applications for asylum considered seriously.’ He quotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that ‘Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution’ and remains as relevant today as when it was first adopted after World War II.