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Part 1 Refugees, 2 Refugees Defined and Described

From: The Refugee in International Law (3rd Edition)

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Jane McAdam

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 October 2022

Subject(s):
Refugees — Armed conflict — Internally displaced persons — Warfare, land — Non-refoulement — Rights of persons deprived of their liberty — Treaties, interpretation
The term ‘refugee’ is a term of art, that is, a term with a content verifiable according to principles of general international law. In ordinary usage, it has a broader, looser meaning, signifying someone in flight, who seeks to escape conditions or personal circumstances found to be intolerable. The destination is not relevant; the flight is to freedom, to safety. Likewise, the reasons for flight may be many; flight from oppression, from a threat to life or liberty, flight from prosecution; flight from deprivation, from grinding poverty; flight from war or civil...
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