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In search of sanctuary: border closures, "safe zones" and refugee protection

Long, Katy (2013) In search of sanctuary: border closures, "safe zones" and refugee protection. Journal of Refugee Studies, 26 (3). pp. 458-476. ISSN 0951-6328

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jrs/fes050


In the past two decades, refugee-hosting states have increasingly chosen to close their borders when confronted with mass refugee influxes. This article examines humanitarian responses to such closures. I argue that, particularly in the post-Cold War period, the international community has increasingly chosen not to condemn but to mitigate such closures, constructing alternative ‘safety’ zones. Yet while border closures that lead to ‘safe zones’ may offer a minimal security and preserve life through humanitarian relief, they cannot offer the full protections of refugee law, or a durable solution to persecution and political exclusion.

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Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 10:08
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:35

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