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  Chapter 1 - Who is a Refugee?

This chapter discusses:

  • the definition of a Refugee at international law under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 (Convention) and the Protocol on the Status of Refugees 1967 (Protocol);
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  • a history of the Convention and the Protocol; and

  • the difference between the term ‘refugee’ and other terms such as ‘asylum seeker’, ‘economic migrant’, ‘illegal immigrant’ and ‘queue jumper’.

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