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Refugee protection: 'Here' or "There'

Refugee protection: 'Here' or "There'
Refugee protection: 'Here' or "There'
Policymakers in states of the Global North are in the privileged position of having a genuine ethical choice concerning whether to devote their resources to providing refugee protection in their territory (e.g. by enabling safe passage of refugees to their borders and offering generous resettlement opportunities) or to prioritise resourcing refugee protection in the Global South. For these policymakers the question ‘Should we protect refugees here or there?’ posed in this global context represents a real, and not merely a notional, ethical challenge. The primary focus on this article is the ethical dilemma confronted by the conscientious policymaker in the Global North concerning where (and how) to support refugee protection. A secondary focus is the ethical dilemma faced by conscientious policymakers in the Global South in relation to the global context and the issues confronted both Northern and Southern policymakers in their distinct regional contexts.
asylum, development, protection, refugees, responsibility
2049-5838
Aleinikoff, T. Alexander
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Owen, David
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Aleinikoff, T. Alexander
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Owen, David
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Aleinikoff, T. Alexander and Owen, David (2022) Refugee protection: 'Here' or "There'. Migration Studies, [mnac002]. (doi:10.1093/migration/mnac002).

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Policymakers in states of the Global North are in the privileged position of having a genuine ethical choice concerning whether to devote their resources to providing refugee protection in their territory (e.g. by enabling safe passage of refugees to their borders and offering generous resettlement opportunities) or to prioritise resourcing refugee protection in the Global South. For these policymakers the question ‘Should we protect refugees here or there?’ posed in this global context represents a real, and not merely a notional, ethical challenge. The primary focus on this article is the ethical dilemma confronted by the conscientious policymaker in the Global North concerning where (and how) to support refugee protection. A secondary focus is the ethical dilemma faced by conscientious policymakers in the Global South in relation to the global context and the issues confronted both Northern and Southern policymakers in their distinct regional contexts.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 May 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 May 2022
Published date: 10 May 2022
Keywords: asylum, development, protection, refugees, responsibility

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Local EPrints ID: 457526
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457526
ISSN: 2049-5838
PURE UUID: c958e139-3e86-4698-ae91-10f1fe5de43e
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-6332

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Date deposited: 10 Jun 2022 16:33
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 01:39

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Author: T. Alexander Aleinikoff
Author: David Owen ORCID iD

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