Public Seminar Series, Hilary term 2013. Seminar by dr Alice Edwards (UNHCR) recorded on 13 February 2013 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.
The United Nations Refugee Convention recognises that the problem of refugees is inherently international and cannot be solved by a single State alone. Yet achieving international cooperation, or even achieving consensus on what this means, has had a long and chequered history. This lecture will examine the many ways in which a focus on asylum statistics has impacted on the international protection regime for refugees, and what needs to be done about it.