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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Temporary Protection

Meltem Ineli-Ciger, Achilles Skordas

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 12 July 2020

Economic, social, and cultural rights — Asylum — Migrants, rights — Non-refoulement — Customary international law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In a generic sense, temporary protection is a flexible tool of international protection, which offers sanctuary for a limited period of time to persons fleeing humanitarian crises. 2 The history of States offering refuge to civilians fleeing humanitarian emergencies at least on a temporary basis can be traced back to ancient times (see also Asylum, Territorial). Early examples of temporary protection practices are usually referred to as temporary refuge, which can be defined as ‘protection characterized by the principle of non-refoulement which is accorded to a...
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