Protecting Refugees Outside Asylum State

Publication by a member of the Interest Group
‘Protecting Recognized Geneva Convention Refugees Outside their States of Asylum’ by Reuven Ziegler

This article highlights the particular predicament of persons recognized as refugees according to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (CSR1951 refugees) when they travel outside their state of asylum. Their status entails ipso facto that, if they are ill-treated by a third state, they cannot turn to representatives of their state of nationality and request its protection abroad. It is submitted that a state of asylum should be entitled and expected to extend the scope of protection that it offers CSR1951 refugees residing in its territory, and to provide them with diplomatic protection and consular assistance when they travel abroad as if they were its nationals.

The article has been published in the International Journal of Refugee Law, Volume 25(2) 2013, pp. 235-264. It can be viewed here.

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