Longing for Belonging

The international refugee protection regime...can be characterised as one that is...in a state of crisis.’

The 1951 Refugee Convention constitutes the linchpin of international refugee protection and confers refugee status to individuals owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of particular social group or political opinion, who is outside their country of nationality and is unable or owing to such fear unwilling to return to it.  This Convention has been described as the ‘universal instrument that has protected tens of millions of refugees, in all parts of the world, over the last half century.’ So why is it now been described as in a ‘state of crisis’?