ASYLUM AROUND THE WORLD
The concept of asylum has evolved over centuries from a religious precept, to a state prerogative, to an internationally recognised individual right. In recent decades, following a significant increase in the number of applications for asylum, western countries have introduced restrictive policies designed to curb unauthorised movement and reduce their responsibility for accepting refugees.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2015 around 3.2 million individuals were awaiting a decision about their application for asylum.
This section provides a brief history of how asylum has evolved, outlines relevant legal frameworks and key institutions and summarises the current situation globally.
A brief history of how responses to asylum seekers have evolved over time.
An outline of the Refugee Convention and other instruments that inform responses to asylum seekers.
Snapshots of agencies, organisations and processes that have an important role in how governments respond to asylum seekers.
An overview of the situation regarding refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons around the world including: