UNHCR & the Convention at 50


The 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees falls this year, offering the occasion to reflect on the Convention’s continuing relevance. How well has the 1951 Convention served the cause of protection of refugees? Is it out of sync with the times? In what ways can the international refugee regime be strengthened to meet contemporary concerns relating to the globalisation of migration? The articles here respond to these and other questions. It is fair to state that they reflect an overwhelming consensus that whatever new approaches are proposed to actualise the goal of refugee protection and the management of migration, these must accept the centrality of the 1951 Convention.