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Penelope Mathew and Tristan Harley
Regional approaches to the protection of refugees are sometimes seen as the answer to problems in the global refugee protection framework. However, the description of some of the relevant arrangements as ‘regional’ and the benefits of these arrangements are contested. This introductory chapter examines the concept of regionalism in international politics and the development of regionalism in refugee law. The chapter compares the approaches to asylum taken in the five main regions of the world, and considers the advantages and disadvantages of regional approaches to the protection of refugees.