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Let Me Be a RefugeeAdministrative Justice and the Politics of Asylum in the United States, Canada, and Australia$
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Rebecca Hamlin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373307.001.0001

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Asylum Seeker Blues and the Globalization of Law

Asylum Seeker Blues and the Globalization of Law

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(p.181) Chapter 10 Asylum Seeker Blues and the Globalization of Law
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Let Me Be a Refugee
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Rebecca Hamlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373307.003.0010

The impact of cross-national differences in the way that refugee status is determined is more acute for the growing number of asylum seekers whose claims do not naturally fit within the traditional concept of a refugee laid out in the 1951 Convention. With so many asylum seekers falling into the grey area between obvious refugee and economic migrant, the significance of cross-national differences in how their claims are handled will therefore only continue to grow. In other words, as asylum seekers’ stories become more diverse, refugee status determination regimes may come to matter more, and states will diverge further in their treatment of asylum seekers, even while ostensibly trying to crack down on asylum-seeking. In sum, while the international law protecting refugees is generally under great strain, cross-national differences have large-scale consequences for the level of protection that vulnerable migrants receive in each destination state.

Keywords:   asylum, refugee, international law, variation, migrant

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