Refugee Policy is a Realist’s Nightmare: The Case of Southeast Asia
Keywords:Refugees, Southeast Asia, Realism, State security
AbstractAlthough Southeast Asia has experienced one of history’s most complex and massive displacement of populations during the Indo-China crisis, it remains one of the least advanced regions in terms of refugee law and practice. This paper explains the region's compassion fatigue towards refugees. States’ responses to refugee protection are limited by a prevailing sense of sovereign rights and communalism in the region, and the primordial need to safeguard national interest and state security. Other factors include lessons from the Indo-Chinese exodus, the underdevelopment of some economies, and a general poor record of human rights in the region.
How to Cite
Lee, C. C. (2006). Refugee Policy is a Realist’s Nightmare: The Case of Southeast Asia. Migration Letters, 3(2), 137–149. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v3i2.65
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