Refugees Crisis in the Human Security Agenda of South-East Asian Countries


Despite Southeast Asian countries, with the exception of Cambodia and Philippines, aren’t a part of the 1951 Convention related to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. The refugee crisis remains one among the most influenced issues that the Southeast Asian region faced until now. This research paper seeks to analyze and discuss the response of the Southeast Asian governments on the critical refugee crisis in the light of Human Security context. Moreover, it aims to explore the major factors that affected the Southeast Asian policies to deal with this issue. To meet these aims; the Human Security Approach has been adopted as a theoretical framework, while the research design has been based on qualitative research approach, and its data have been collected using different types of documents; such as, governmental and NGO’s reports, newspapers, books, official and political speech. This paper argues that the role of Southeast Asian governments in the refugee crisis was limited because it didn't sign the refugee convention and its protocol; therefore, refugees are deemed to be illegal immigrants by law. Moreover, the Southeast Asian historical experience about the negative effects of refugees on its economy, society and security, played an important role in determining its dealings with the current refugee issue. This research paper attempts to raise the scientific discussion among researchers who are interested in issues linked to Refugees, Human Security, and the Southeast Asian Region.

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Farida Tadjine, University of Kasdi Merbah Ouargla (UKMO), Algeria

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Conference: ACAS2017
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)

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