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What's in a Label?

In: European Journal of Migration and Law
Author: Hathaway1
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  • 1 Professor of Law and Director, Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, University of Michigan Law School, Hutchins Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1215, USA; Refugee Studies Programme, Oxford University
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European Journal of Migration and Law 5: 1–21, 2003. © 2003 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 1 What’s in a Label? JAMES C. HATHAWAY ∗ One of the most striking features of the international refugee regime as it has evolved over the last quarter century is the proliferation of labels. Rather than simply assessing the circumstances of applicants against the Convention refugee definition, the governments of most developed states have instead invented a seemingly endless list of alternative statuses – “B” status, humanitarian admission, temporary protected status, special leave to remain, Duldung, and the like. Persons assigned one

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