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      Discrimination and Delegation : Explaining State Responses to Refugees Explaining State Responses to Refugees 

      Selective Sovereignty and the Refugee Regime

      Oxford University Press

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          This introductory chapter lays out the book’s central question: why do states sometimes assert, and at other times cede, their sovereign prerogatives in the face of refugee flows? The overview of refugee rights around the world presented in the chapter reveals two puzzling trends: governments treat some refugees well and others poorly (the “discrimination puzzle”), and governments often hand over asylum policymaking to the UN (the “delegation puzzle”). These patterns complicate a conventional wisdom that pits state sovereignty against human rights. This chapter’s discussion sets the stage for subsequent chapters by establishing the present-day significance of state responses to refugees, the prevalence of discrimination and delegation, and the inadequacy of existing explanations for these phenomena.

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          9780197530061
          9780197530092
          March 25 2021
          March 18 2021
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          March 25 2021
          March 18 2021
          : 1-13
          10.1093/oso/9780197530061.003.0001

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