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The Legal Protection of Refugees with Disabilities: Forgotten and Invisible?

ISBN13: 9781786435439
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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This ground-breaking book focuses on the 'forgotten refugees', detailing people with disabilities who have crossed borders in search of protection from disaster or human conflict. The authors explore the intersection between one of the oldest international human rights treaties, the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, with one of the newest: the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Drawing on fieldwork in six countries hosting refugees in a variety of contexts - Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Uganda, Jordan and Turkey - the book examines how the CRPD is (or should) be changing the way that governments and aid agencies engage with and accommodate persons with disabilities in situations of displacement. The timeliness of the book is underscored by the adoption in mid-2016 of the UN Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action adopted at the World Humanitarian Summit.

Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
Part I Setting the Scene
1. Disability in refugee populations
2. Paradigm shift: The CRPD, international law and disability in displacement
3. Responding to disability in displacement: Country reports
4. Identifying disability
5. Lived experience of disability in displacement
6. Disability, intersectionality and context

Part II Towards a rights regime for refugees with disabilities
7. Access to protection: Refugee rights and status determination processes
8. Disability rights, maritime interdiction and immigration detention
9. The right to survive: Disability and access to basic humanitarian assistance
10. Beyond mere survival: Refugees with disabilities and rights to education, employment and community participation
11. The other 'durable solutions': refugees with disabilities, resettlement and repatriation
12. Making every life count: Strategies for making rights real for refugees with disabilities