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The Handbook sets out the international legal framework on which refugee protection is built, and from which it draws continually. It explains the value for EU Member States of acceding to international treaties concerned with refugee protection, in particular the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees and its 1967 Protocol. The central elements of a refugee protection system are outlined, from entry and reception to status determination, the rights and duties of refugees, and durable solutions. The Handbook also seeks to shed light on difficult topics such as border control, racism and xenophobia, the return of persons not in need of international protection, and contemporary concerns about security.
Each Chapter of the Handbook includes the following:
  • Sets out the applicable international standards that provide the framework for the response;
  • Suggests appropriate responses and measures to be taken;
  • Provides examples of positive national and regional practice;
  • Includes relevant quotations from authoritative bodies;
  • Provides references to UNHCR and other publications containing further information and guidance;
  • Offers checklists for parliamentarians suggesting how certain issues can be addressed, although these checklists are not exhaustive and not all issues will be relevant in each country.
A number of refugee stories throughout the Handbook highlight the impact of flight and displacement on individual refugees and their families.
Title A guide to international refugee protection and building state asylum systems: Handbook for Parliamentarians No. 27
Date launched 2017
Duration Completed
Type of Resource Electronic Handbook
Purpose Support Personnel
Online or Blended OL
Learning objectives The Handbook seeks to:
  • Assist professionals working with asylum- seekers and refugees in developing laws and policies to respond promptly and effectively to their arrival;
  • Outline elements of protection-sensitive entry systems to respond to mixed movements of people while upholding international protection principles;
  • Set out elements of fair and efficient asylum procedures;
  • Help to ensure that international protection is accorded to those who need it, in line with international refugee law standards;
  • Promote greater tolerance and respect for refugees; and
  • Identify initiatives to support durable solutions for refugees and others in need of international protection.
Target group Parliaments and policy makers, stakeholders working with refugees (e.g. journalists, humanitarian aid workers, national civil society groups)
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan N/A
Recognition or certification of learning N/A
Financing and sustainability model Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Leading Organization Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Contact Person Inter-Parliamentary Union Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.