International Refugee Law: Misconceiving Reconceptions

Jim Rice


This paper addresses the implications
and adequacy of the "Hathaway model"
for grounding refugee immigration
policy. The Hathaway model envisions
and may be suitable for cases of mass
migration such as the recent tragedy in
the Great Lakes region of Central Africa
or the response to the "ethnic cleansing,"
which took place in the former Yugoslavia,
large-scale crisis situations calling
for immediate solutions. The author argues
that for other more individualized
types of refugee situations, there is a need
to distinguish between the categories of
"asylum seeker" and "refugee" when
implementing policy in order to make a
better effort to screen and adequately protect
those individuals who make asylum

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