This book presents a comprehensive assessment of regional responses to the crisis in the asylum/refugee system and critically examines how different regions tackle the problem. The chapters consider the fundamental challenges which undermine an effective asylum process as well as regional difficulties with the various circumstances surrounding asylum seekers. With contributions on Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East, and the Pacific, the collection strives to appreciate what informs each region’s approach to the asylum process and asks if there are issues common to every region and if regions can learn from one another. The book seeks an understanding of the existing legal regime for the protection of asylum seekers and how regional institutions such as human rights commissions and regional courts enforce and adjudicate the law. The volume will be valuable to those interested in international law, migration and human rights.
’This key text brings a comparative approach offering valuable insights into issues surrounding asylum, focusing especially on the legislation and geopolitics of regions.’ Parvati Nair, Director, United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona, Spain ’In light of the challenges and continuous reforms that asylum systems are currently and globally undergoing, this collection is a very valuable contribution to the scholarly debate. This stimulating and inspiring volume challenges the conventional wisdom about the role of the different regions in coping with the problems posed in the framework of the asylum crisis.’ Sara Iglesias Sanchez, Jurist at the European Court of Justice ’The great strength of this book lies in the innovative approaches to examining different regional perspectives that creates a global yet nuanced picture of the state of asylum today. As such, it constitutes an important supplement to more doctrinal studies and will be well-worth reading by students, scholars and practitioners.’ Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, The Danish Institute of Human Rights, Denmark and Executive Chairman of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI)