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Refugee naturalisation and integration

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Deakin University

Burwood Corporate Centre

Level 2, 221 Burwood Highway

Burwood, VIC 3125

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Refugee naturalisation and integration: where ‘Durable Solutions’ meet socio-political realities

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The 1951 Refugee Convention postulates that the ‘Contracting States shall as far as possible facilitate the assimilation and naturalisation of refugees. They shall, in particular, make every effort to expedite naturalisation proceedings and to reduce as far as possible the charges and costs of such proceedings.’ While the Convention places no naturalisation requirement on the host country, it favours integration therein through its time and ties approach to the incremental acquisition of rights as well as the fact that it includes no explicit provisions on voluntary repatriation. Yet, exploring global practices reveals that many refugee hosting countries prioritise (voluntary) repatriation and at the expense of naturalisation and integration. Absent naturalisation, the limits of local integration encompassing ‘self-reliance’ and a form of ‘social citizenship’ must be acknowledged.

A light lunch will be included from 12pm.

Speaker: Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, University of Reading

Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, where he is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. Ruvi is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Research Associate of the Refuge Studies Centre, University of Oxford; Co-convenor of the Migration and Asylum Section of the Society of Legal Scholars; Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative (Institute for Advance Legal Study, University of London) and Editor-in-Chief of its Working Paper Series. Ruvi's public engagements include serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of New Europeans Association UK; Chair of the Oxford European Association; A Britain in Europe academic expert; and an advisory council member of Rene Cassin. Previously, Ruvi was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program; and a Tutor in Public International Law at Oxford. Ruvi's recently published book is Voting Rights of Refugees (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Ruvi's areas of research interest include International Refugee Law, Electoral Rights and citizenship, Comparative Constitutional Law, and International Humanitarian Law. Ruvi holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford. For more information and a list of publications click here.

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