In 1985, the Executive Committee of UNHCR noted its concern about "the growing phenomenon of refugees and asylum-seekers who, having found protection in one country, move in an irregular manner to another country..." (Conclusion No. 36, para. j). At first glance, one might not view this conclusion as objectionable. With all of the millions of refugees in the world, most of who have no protection, why should we be concerned about the lot of a bunch of ingrates who, having already found protection, now want to move on in search of greener pastures? Don't we really have better things to do with our time, more important causes to fight for, than the rights of a load of malcontents who are already being adequately protected elsewhere?
In fact, though, there are some very good reasons for us to be concerned about the way that governments have dealt with this issue.
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Hathaway, James C. "'Irregular' Asylum Seekers: What's All the Fuss?" Refuge 8, no. 2 (1988): 1-2. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.21553
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