Mar23

Nigerian Sex-Trafficking Victims and the Recognition of Refugee Status in the United Kingdom

Nigeria, March 23, 2017

An analysis of how a recent British asylum case signals a change in approach to evaluating asylum claims of trafficked women from Nigeria inside the United Kingdom, and what it means for the victims.

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Jan5

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? Temporary Protection in European Union Asylum Law

European Union, January 5, 2017

A critical review of the doctrine of temporary protection in EU asylum law, in light of the current political and scholarly debate regarding the implementation, amendment or repeal of the Temporary Protection Directive.

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Dec5

Norway Builds Fence Along Border with Russia to Deter Refugees and Migrants

Norway, December 5, 2016

Norway's recent construction of a fence along its border with Russia likely violates the prohibition against refoulement.

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Nov7

The Enemy of My Enemy: European Readmission Agreements with Repressive Governments

Italy, November 7, 2016

In August 2016, Italy and Sudan signed a readmission agreement aimed at distinguishing between “welcome guests” and “citizens who have no right to remain in the territories of the two states.” Italy's subsequent removal of 48 Sudanese nationals back to the hands of the Sudanese government has nevertheless raised serious concerns about the legality of these new procedures.

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Aug15

Mental Disability and Subjective Fear in the United States

United States of America, August 15, 2016

A recent U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals decision, the Matter of J-R-R-A-, addresses the application of the U.S. subjective fear doctrine within the context of mentally disabled asylum applicants

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Jul25

Pacific Dissolution: The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea Rejects Australia’s Refugee Deterrence Scheme

Papua New Guinea, July 25, 2016

Relying on its domestic law, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has ruled that the indefinite detention of refugees at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre is unconstitutional. This decision deals a major blow to Australia's refugee deterrence scheme, known as the "Pacific Solution."

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Jun20

Administrative Contempt: South Africa’s Refusal to Reopen the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office

South Africa, June 20, 2016

In 2011, South Africa's Department of Home Affairs closed the refugee reception office in Port Elizabeth. Despite an order from the Supreme Court of Appeals in 2011, the government still refuses to reopen the office. This pullback of administrative process has had serious consequences for refugees in South Africa, and hinders the realization of their rights under international law.

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Mar14

Welcome to Denmark: How Will You Be Paying for Your Stay?

Denmark, March 14, 2016

In January of 2016, Danish lawmakers passed a law authorizing police to search refugees entering the country and confiscate any of their property in excess of 10,000 DKK (approximately $1456 USD). The Danish government asserts these seizures are necessary in order to help pay for refugee processing and housing. Despite suspect defenses of the measures, the new Danish law likely violates Denmark's obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

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Feb17

Lessons from the Response of German Courts to Hungary’s Asylum Procedures

Hungary, February 17, 2016

In a series of recent decisions, German courts have challenged the legality of Hungary's asylum procedures under EU and international law.

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Jan5

Expulsion of Refugees from Russia to Syria Would Violate International Obligations

Russia, January 5, 2016

In a recent decision L.M. and Others v. Russia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has unanimously held that the forced return of asylum seekers to Syria would give rise to a violation of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) Article 2, right to life and Article 3, the prohibition of torture and of inhuman or degrading treatment.

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