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UNHCR guidelines

Document-ID : GIP-UNHCR-2016-12-02
Documentdate : 02.12.2016

Guidelines on International Protection no. 12: Claims for refugee status related to situations of armed conflict and violence under Article 1A(2)

These Guidelines compliment the UNHCR Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status and clarify paragraph 164. The phrase ‘Persons compelled to leave their country of origin as a result of international or national armed conflicts are not normally considered refugees under the 1951 Convention or 1967 Protocol ’, in paragraph 164 must be understood as limited to situations where there is no causal link between a person’s well-founded fear of being persecuted and a 1951 Convention ground. However, consequences of situations of armed conflict may have a direct or indirect causal link to a convention ground, and thus constitute persecution. The Guidelines are to be read in conjunction with UNHCR’s other Guidelines on International Protection.

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  • New: GIP-UNHCR-2016-12-02 Guidelines on International Protection no. 12: Claims for refugee status related to situations of armed conflict and violence under Article 1A(2) (12/8/2016)

    These Guidelines compliment the UNHCR Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status and clarify paragraph 164. The phrase ‘Persons compelled to leave their country of origin as a result of international or national armed conflicts are not normally considered refugees under the 1951 Convention or 1967 Protocol ’, in paragraph 164 must be understood as limited to situations where there is no causal link between a person’s well-founded fear of being persecuted and a 1951 Convention ground. However, consequences of situations of armed conflict may have a direct or indirect causal link to a convention ground, and thus constitute persecution. The Guidelines are to be read in conjunction with UNHCR’s other Guidelines on International Protection.

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