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The Refugee Policies of West European Governments: A Human Rights Challenge at our Doorsteps

  • Johan Cels
Part of the Southampton Studies in International Policy book series (SSIP)

Abstract

An important aspect of the European human rights record has been the traditional liberal policies toward asylum-seekers and refugees since the Second World War. Daily the media reports the hopeless fate of refugees worldwide. These reports, however, challenge the widely held belief of the traditional humanitarian policies of European governments toward persons having a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality or political opinion.

Keywords

Asylum Seeker Refugee Status European Government Refugee Problem United Nations High Commissioner 
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