What about Refugees with Disabilities? The Interplay between eu Asylum Law and the un Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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  • 1 School of Law, Middlesex University, Middlesex University Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT, UK

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Refugees with disabilities represent an invisible group of individuals who are forced to leave their countries in particularly disadvantaged situations. Therefore, they are in need of special protection and attention, especially at the European level because of the ongoing dramatic humanitarian emergency. This article seeks to examine to what extent the un Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can be applied to refugees. Moreover, the paper looks at the Directives of the Common European Asylum System in order to examine whether the eu legal backdrop takes into account the peculiar condition of refugees with disabilities.

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