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Main Debates

Is there a right to asylum under international law? If so, what are its limits?

How broadly should the legal definition of ‘refugee’ be drawn?

How long is a state legally obliged to protect refugees?

To what extent is a state obliged to develop durable solutions as opposed to temporary protection?

When does human rights protection trump migration control?

What are the implications of extraterritorial policies that threaten refugee protection?

Main Points

International refugee protection as a surrogate to national protection, resulting from the failure of the state to protect the refugee from persecution

Standards of protection and refugee rights

Increasing importance of core international human rights instruments for refugee protection