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Why is Asia Known as the Region that Rejects the Refugee Convention?

Susan Kneebone

Published : 2019


Asia is a region which hosts one of the largest populations of refugees, but where international refugee law is not well-known or developed. According to the UNHCR, the Asia-Pacific region is home to 7.7 million ‘persons of concern’ which includes 3.5 million refugees mainly from Afghanistan and Myanmar. Asia is typically known as a region where states have ‘rejected’ the 1951 Refugee Convention, which is seen by states in the region as a ‘Western’ measure intended for protection of refugees in the post World War II European context.

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