Admission of Refugees

  • Marguerite Garling


Refugee work is central to human rights activities in the United Kingdom, which has traditionally been looked to as a country of asylum. A refugee is defined by article 1 of the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees 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 or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.2

Unlike other migrants, the refugee makes a particular moral demand on the country from which he seeks asylum, since he claims to have nowhere else to go.


Voluntary Organisation Appeal Proceeding Discretionary Power Refugee Status Immigration Officer 
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  • Marguerite Garling

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