Protest against pushbacks in Australia in 2015. Will such policies spell the global end of the Refugee Convention? Photo: Shutterstock / Dave Hewison Photography

UNHCR and the future of refugee protection

Establish humane control through cooperation

The non-refoulement principle – that no one must be sent back into danger – is the core of the Geneva Refugee Convention. Today, this principle is on the defensive worldwide. Pushbacks have been a popular policy in Australia, Israel, and the US under Donald Trump. Once democratic majorities conclude that the only choice is between control and the Refugee Convention, the latter will lose out. But there is a third way: humane control through cooperation.

DGAP (Gerald Knaus): Action Plan for Migration and Foreign Policy

Humane Borders –

Welche Grenzen brauchen wir? –

A Conversation on European policy and borders with Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn (July 2021)

InfoMigrants, 70 years later, the UN refugee convention faces steep challenges, 28 July 2021

Deutschlandfunk, Die Angst vor einer Massenmigration ist völlig irrational (The fear of mass migration is completely irrational), 28 July 2021​​​

MDR, Migrationsforscher: Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention steckt in der Krise (Migration expert: Geneva refugee Convention is in crisis), 28 July 2021

Kleine Zeitung, Ist die Genfer Konvention noch zeitgemäß? (Is the Geneva Convention still up to date?), 28 July 2021

ZIB2, Migrationsexperte: "Wir brauchen Kooperation" (Migration expert: "We need cooperation"), 26 July 2021

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