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Promoting Peace Through International Law$
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Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.001.0001

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Refugees and Peace

Refugees and Peace

(p.252) 13 Refugees and Peace
Promoting Peace Through International Law

Maja Janmyr

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how refugeehood is—and always has been—intrinsically linked to various aspects of peace. First, as the refugee definition indicates, the existence of refugees may be seen as a consequence of breaches of peace. Conscientious objectors are often considered refugees, while those who commit crimes against peace face exclusion from refugee status. Second, and most evident in the civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps, the grant of asylum is a peaceful and humanitarian act that should not be regarded as unfriendly by another state. Third, the linkage between refugees and (a lack of) peace is apparent in the reality that refugee protection is deeply affected by greater security issues. Finally, the notion of peace is also relevant in discussions of durable solutions for refugees; repatriation, resettlement, and local integration have the ultimate goal of allowing refugees to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.

Keywords:   refugees, asylum, camps, durable solutions, conscientious objectors, exclusion, peaceful and humanitarian

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