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The article discusses the principles of voluntariness, safety, and dignity in the context of refugee repatriation. It begins by setting out the applicable legal framework, and discusses how that framework has been elaborated upon and refined since 1951. The article then discusses how the principles of voluntariness, safety, and dignity have, in practice, been applied (or, in a few unfortunate cases, ignored). After noting that we are now living in an era of protracted refugee emergencies, the article concludes with a number of recommendations regarding alternatives to repatriation and the conditions under which repatriation can take place without offense to the principles of voluntariness, safety, and dignity.

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Type

Journal article

Publisher

Centre for Migration Studies (CMS)

Publication Date

14/09/2016

Volume

4 (3)

Pages

141 - 145

Keywords

Asylum-seekers, refugees, governance, internal displacement, refugee protection