Elgar Studies in Human Rights series
For the framers of the Refugee Convention, the reasons for states to protect refugees must have seemed self-evident. After the conclusion of World War II, states were extremely mindful of the consequences of not protecting persons from persecution. However, as time has passed, many States have questioned the relevance of the Refugee Convention in the context of today’s mixed migration movements and some states have openly breached the Convention’s obligations. In light of these developments, this chapter explores the moral, ethical, theological, and practical reasons for granting protection to refugees. The chapter goes beyond merely reciting the legal obligations to which states have voluntarily agreed, seeking rather to highlight why states should shelter refugees and the benefits that may flow from doing so.
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