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Putting Refugees in Their Place

Peter Gatrell
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  • Department of History, University of Manchester
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Published Online: 2013-04-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2013-001


Attempts by the new United Nations and member states to address post-1945 population displacement culminated in the 1951 Refugee Convention that made explicit reference to events in Europe, overlooking major crises in other parts of the world whose contours and outcomes are discussed. The article discusses debates within the UN and among international lawyers and non-governmental organisations about the right of refugees to seek protection from persecution, and how broader notions of rights foundered on the rock of state sovereignty. These historical examples indicate that choices were made and actions were circumscribed in relation to population displacement.

Keywords: refugees; United Nations; resettlement


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Published Online: 2013-04-18

Citation Information: New Global Studies, ISSN (Online) 1940-0004, ISSN (Print) 2194-6566, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ngs-2013-001. Export Citation

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