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UNHCR and the Global Governance of Refugees <sup>*</sup>

Gil Loescher and James Milner

in Global Migration Governance

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199600458
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600458.003.0008
UNHCR and the Global Governance of Refugees  *

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Among the various categories of international migration, asylum and refugee protection is unique in its degree of formal institutionalization. It has its own international convention and a specialized UN agency, UNHCR. This structure is complemented by regional agreements and human rights norms. However, although the refugee regime guarantees the protection of refugees who reach the territory of a state, it offers little normative guidance on states' obligations to support other states in hosting refugees. Given that most refugees are in the developing world, this creates a fundamental imbalance, which defines the politics of refugee protection. This chapter explains the politics and the limitations of the existing regime. It offers politically feasible suggestions for ways in which the regime and the work of UNHCR might be adapted to meet the emerging challenges of the twenty-first century.

Keywords: UNHCR; refugees; refugee regime; displacement; High Commissioner for Refugees; human rights; protection; durable solutions; resettlement

Chapter.  9772 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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