The Asian Rejection? International Refugee Law in Asia

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Title The Asian Rejection? International Refugee Law in Asia
Author Davies, Sara E.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Politics and History
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Carlton, Victoria
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract The majority of Asian states have not signed onto the major international refugee law instruments which promote refugee recognition and protection. Yet, second to Africa, the Asian region has had the highest number of refugees since the Second World War. Three explanations are usually offered to explain this puzzle —"good neighbourliness", "economic costs" and "social disruption". In this article I argue that each is flawed in important ways and then develop an alternative by explaining how limited Asian involvement in the drafting of international refugee law has led Asian states to reject Eurocentric refugee recognition practices.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Volume 52
Issue Number 4
Page from 562
Page to 575
ISSN 0004-9522
Date Accessioned 2009-03-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific; International Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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