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Refugee Law: Introduction

This guide focuses on research and resources relating to refugees, migration, human rights, and related issues, such as displaced persons.

Introduction

The Convention and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country ... ."

This guide focuses on research and resources relating to refugees, migration, human rights, and related issues, such as displaced persons.

Research Guides

 

Research guides are good sources to consult before and during a research project since they often discuss research methodology and strategy and highlight important print and electronic sources. Listed below are some guide on researching refugee law as well as researching related areas, such as human rights, treaties, and asylum law.

Selected Background and Introductory Sources

 

These sources are good places to start your research, define terms and concepts, and learn about other materials on point.

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