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Illegal immigrants or Illegal Refugees? A Study of the Refugee Protection for Burmese Refugees in Thailand.

Larsson, Linda (2009)
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This thesis seeks to investigate the structural circumstances regarding the poor refugee protection for Burmese refugees in Thailand. Acknowledging that existing laws are politically motivated, the first part of this thesis examines the political context that determines the structure of the legal framework. The second part of the thesis scrutinizes the juridical framework concerning refugees, namely international law, regional instruments and Thai national law. The conclusion suggests that the Royal Thai Government's political stance can be seen as a result of non ratification of International Conventions as well as an undermining of refugee protection in national Thai law. Theoretically, the thesis approaches the issue from a realist... (More)
This thesis seeks to investigate the structural circumstances regarding the poor refugee protection for Burmese refugees in Thailand. Acknowledging that existing laws are politically motivated, the first part of this thesis examines the political context that determines the structure of the legal framework. The second part of the thesis scrutinizes the juridical framework concerning refugees, namely international law, regional instruments and Thai national law. The conclusion suggests that the Royal Thai Government's political stance can be seen as a result of non ratification of International Conventions as well as an undermining of refugee protection in national Thai law. Theoretically, the thesis approaches the issue from a realist perspective and applies concepts of state sovereignty and national security to address the matter. Through such an approach, refugees are considered as threatening to national stability and integrity in Thailand. The case study assumes that more general conclusions can be made concerning the tendencies of states to prioritise its own interests above humanitarian principles, such as Human Rights, which can have a negative effect on refugees in need of protection. (Less)
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author
Larsson, Linda
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Refugee Protection, Refugees, National security, State sovereignty, Thailand, Burma, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Human rights, Mänskliga rättigheter
language
English
id
1315613
date added to LUP
2009-01-08 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {This thesis seeks to investigate the structural circumstances regarding the poor refugee protection for Burmese refugees in Thailand. Acknowledging that existing laws are politically motivated, the first part of this thesis examines the political context that determines the structure of the legal framework. The second part of the thesis scrutinizes the juridical framework concerning refugees, namely international law, regional instruments and Thai national law. The conclusion suggests that the Royal Thai Government's political stance can be seen as a result of non ratification of International Conventions as well as an undermining of refugee protection in national Thai law. Theoretically, the thesis approaches the issue from a realist perspective and applies concepts of state sovereignty and national security to address the matter. Through such an approach, refugees are considered as threatening to national stability and integrity in Thailand. The case study assumes that more general conclusions can be made concerning the tendencies of states to prioritise its own interests above humanitarian principles, such as Human Rights, which can have a negative effect on refugees in need of protection.},
  author       = {Larsson, Linda},
  keyword      = {Refugee Protection,Refugees,National security,State sovereignty,Thailand,Burma,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Human rights,Mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Illegal immigrants or Illegal Refugees? A Study of the Refugee Protection for Burmese Refugees in Thailand.},
  year         = {2009},
}