A guide to international refugee protection and building state asylum systems

The Handbook discusses and explains the rudimentary principles and obligations of international refugee law, and to establish support for an effective national asylum system that correlates with international standards. Thus, the handbook is generally intended for legislators and policy makers in preparing and drafting laws and policies regarding arrival and presence of refugees and asylum seekers. It explains the legal framework upon which refugee protection is based on and highlights the importance for states of ratifying international refugee treaties, particularly the 1951 Convention relating to the status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Also, the Handbook focuses on sensitive issues such as border control, racism, xenophobia, the return of persons not in need of international protection, and contemporary concerns about security.