Shattered Pasts and Uncertain Futures: Refugee Protection in the 21st Century
Wang, Carol K.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Refugees -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Minorities -- Economic conditions
Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations. General Assembly)
Asylum, Right of
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Carol K. Wang is a member of the Class of 2003 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]The plight of refugees is a significant international concern for many reasons. The sheer number of displaced persons represents disorder and societal disintegration, but more importantly, our responses to this plight profoundly impacts the way we view human worth and international institutions. Now a defining characteristic of the post-Cold War era, thephenomenon of forced displacement is no longer a “matter of discretionary charitable concern to policymakers,” but a pressing issue on the international policy agenda (Troeller 1). . . . For purposes of comparison in evaluating these elements, I will focus on the national laws of the United Kingdom and France, and on the experiences of the Kurdish people. As the largest ethnic group without a homeland, Kurds provide valuable examples across the full spectrum of migratory statuses, ranging from illegal immigrants to documented asylum seekers. [From introductory section]Carol Wang