Safe and Voluntary Refugee Repatriation:

From Principle to Practice

Jeff Crisp
University of Oxford

Katy Long
University of Edinburgh

Credit: UN Photo/Abdul Fatai Adegboye

Safe and Voluntary Refugee Repatriation: From Principle to Practice

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The article discusses the principles of voluntariness, safety, and dignity in the context of refugee repatriation. It begins by setting out the applicable legal framework, and discusses how that framework has been elaborated upon and refined since 1951. The article then discusses how the principles of voluntariness, safety, and dignity have, in practice, been applied (or, in a few unfortunate cases, ignored). After noting that we are now living in an era of protracted refugee emergencies, the article concludes with a number of recommendations regarding alternatives to repatriation and the conditions under which repatriation can take place without offense to the principles of voluntariness, safety, and dignity.

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Author Names

Jeff Crisp and Katy Long

Journal Journal on Migration and Human Security
Date of Publication 2016
Pages 141-145
Volume 4
Issue Number 3