The resulting transformation of the international refugee regime

“Since the mid-70s, increases in refugee flows have coincided with a growing unwillingness of states to grant asylum. The resulting transformation of the
international refugee regime has an adhoc character, and is largely about tackling issues in or near the country of origin. States are reluctant to extend their legal obligations, and have not enlarged the formal definition of ‘refugee’ to encompass those fleeing from war, anarchy, destitution and famine.” [Roberts A., More Refugees, less asylum: A Regime in Transformation, 11, J. Refugee Studies, 1998, p.375-395]
With reference to UK refugee law, critically consider
(i) the validity of this statement and
(ii) whether the 1951 Geneva Convention for Refugees is fit for purpose?

 

 

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