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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Refugees

Dieter Kugelmann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 September 2019

Subject(s):
Internally displaced persons — Non-refoulement

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

1 The notion ‘refugee’ can be understood from a sociological, political, or legal point of view. In a broader sense, a refugee is a person who flees his habitual place of residence and seeks refuge elsewhere. Persons may leave their homes because of natural disasters or because of man-made situations, especially out of fear of persecution, war, or other circumstances, menacing their individual sphere of interest. After a certain period of time they may return to their home countries or may stay in the destination country for an unlimited time. However, this...
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