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The right and role of critiquing the contemporary patchwork of protection

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2021) The right and role of critiquing the contemporary patchwork of protection. International Migration , 59 (4) pp. 261-264. 10.1111/imig.12892. Green open access

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Abstract

The 70th anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Convention has been marked by a flurry of powerful academic critiques of the Convention’s colonial and Eurocentric roots, and its ‘intentional’ exclusion (Mayblin 2014) of certain refugees and regions (ie. see Krause 2021; White 2021; longer-standing critiques include Chimni 1998). Equally, the Convention’s anniversary has been characterised by the ongoing flagrant violation of its fundamental legal principles by states across the global North and global South alike. At a time when refugees’ rights to protection continue to be undermined, it becomes urgent to ask: what is the role of critique? Does critique risk undermining the existing framework, thereby potentially leaving people with fewer rights? Or, to the contrary, does it provide an avenue to bring into fruition more equitable and meaningful practices, and a more hopeful vision of protection in the 21st Century?

Type: Article
Title: The right and role of critiquing the contemporary patchwork of protection
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/imig.12892
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12892
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. International Migration published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Organization for Migration This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: refugee, 1951 Geneva Convention, feminism, refugee-led response, refugee protection, Global South
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10129390
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