POL 247 - Question #3 Correction

POL 247 - Question #3 Correction

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  • - A big part of International Refugee Law  - Asylum Seekers and Refugees may leave their home countries for many reasons including:     - Lack of Protection     - Loss of Nationality     - Have a fear of returning to their home country     - May face persecution of social constructions like:         - Race            - Nationality        -Political opinion         - Religion      - Member of a social group
  • Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951)
  • Okay class, what is the Principle of Non-Refoulement?
  • - Principle of Non-Refoulement     - Binding for all states (even if they haven't signed 1951 Convention)     -AKA the "Principle of Non-Return"
  • It means governments cannot send asylum seekers or refugees where their lives and liberties would be at risk.
  • I'm pretty sure it also means governments cannot stop refugees or asylum seekers from seeking safety in a country, especially if they would be endangered by returning to a country, even if they have been smuggled or trafficked. 
  • Furthermore, it means countries cannot deny people at their borders if they are fleeing persecution, escaping trafficking or other forms of slavery, displaced from conflict or armed conflict, and more.
  • Additionally, a country could violate Non-Refoulement by sending refugees or asylum seekers to a country engaged in armed conflict.
  • A country could violate the Principle of Non-Refoulement by deporting refugees as they arrived in a country, especially because they would have already received asylum protections. 
  • Also, it would be violated if a country turned away asylum seekers at its colonial, socially constructed border.
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