Emergency in Lampedusa – Press release, February 3rd, 2009

February, 3rd, 2009. In view of the deterioration in the situation on the island of Lampedusa, the Italian authorities, supported by the European authorities, must make every effort to stop an intolerable situation for migrants, who are affected in their rights and their dignity, and for the island’s inhabitants who showed their solidarity.

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Handbook on procedures and criteria for determining refugee status under the 1951 convention and the 1967 protocol relating to the status of refugees

Refugee status, on the universal level, is governed by the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. These two international legal instruments have been adopted within the framework of the United Nations. At the time of republishing this Handbook 110 states have become parties to the Convention or to the Protocol or to both instruments.

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