By M. Rafiqul Islam
This e-book offers an summary of the improvement and substance of present foreign refugee legislations so one can exhibit its gaps, caveats, and inadequacies that militate opposed to the institution of an efficient felony regime to handle mounting international refugee crises. The e-book pursues a reformist time table in the direction of affording criminal assurance to all refugees generated by way of any really involuntary grounds.
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These new types of refugee problems have exponentially increased in their frequency and complexity not anticipated in 1951 or 1967. The large scale outflows of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees in the 1970s and 1980s and millions fleeing the Balkan wars in the 1990s forced the international community and its forum the UN to deal with these refugee crises, the scale and complexity of which were beyond the comprehension of the legal paradigm developed through the Refugee Convention and its Protocol.
42 Leonard Franco, “Legal Issues Arising from Recent UNHCR Operations: Introduction,” In Gowlland-Debbas ed. n 40 at 3. 43 In the Yugoslav crisis of forced human displacement as in similar other crises like the Rwandan genocide and Sudanese Darfur forced displacement,44 UN member states continue to determine the levels of protection afforded by the international community and the nature of such protection through their financing of UNHCR operations. The widening scope of refugee protection by UNHCR is dependent on contributions by UN member states.
As a result, international refugee law has marginal utility at its best and become anachronistic at its worst in addressing the plight and protection needs of the overwhelming majority of contemporary refugees, who are victims of national and international communal violence. 47 Penelope Mathew, “Sovereignty and the Right to Seek Asylum: The Case of Cambodian Asylum Seekers in Australia,” Australian Yearbook of International law 15 (1994): 35. origin and evolution of international refugee law33 In view of this change in the complexion of refugee problems today, there are discernible recent trend and instances of extending refugee protection to new circumstances, however insufficient and politicised.