Australia 's Commitment For Refugee

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Australia’s Commitment to Refugee’s Since the conclusion of World War II, countries across the world have been constantly searching for a solution to the resettling and protection of those who have fled from the war and violence of their country. The Refugee Convention of 1951, and the Protocol of 1967 were the first rights and regulations that were laid down by many nations (including Australia) to ensure the protection of refugees would remain constant throughout the world. By signing it, Australia committed to providing rights to any refugee that would arrive in Australia, and helped to reduce the number of displaced people after the tragedy of the war. (Hot Topics Book). However, after the recent conflicts in the Middle East, there…show more content…
(BBC History) They laid down the basis of seeking asylum in article 14, where it was stated that ‘everyone has a right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution’. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (Paris) a 14). This then continued onto the 1951 Refugee convention in Geneva, where 147 countries signed the agreement. In this convention they outlined: Definition of a Refugee – They defined a refugee as someone who ‘As a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951 and owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.’ ( Refugee Convention 1951 (Geneva) a 1). This definition excludes those who have left their country because of famine, environmental issues and the opportunity to have a better standard of living in another country. (Asylum seekers
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