The IUP Journal of International Relations
Utilizing Asylum for Channeling Economic Immigrants Around the Globe for Politico-Economic Purposes

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Pub. Date : Oct, 2020
Product Name : The IUP Journal of International Relations
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJIR41020
Author Name : Georgios I Zekos
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 21



Refugee is a legal term used to illustrate a person who fulfils the definition set out in the Geneva Convention of 1951 relating to the status of refugees. On the other hand, the definition of the notion of refugee should be based upon that minimal legitimate state rather than in an expansive way to cover any malfunction/failure in society being the basis for refuge. Therefore, this author considers that the award of asylum to people that in fact they are economic immigrants shrinks the asylum space because globalization improves economic conditions rather than increasing the factors of peoples' oppression/harassment. Have terrorists entered Europe, US, Canada, etc. hidden behind the award of asylum? How many thousands of economic immigrants have entered Europe pretending to be refugees? Refugee law is narrow legally to deal with the many forced migrants who do not fit the formal definition of "refugee." It seems that politico-economic rationales are behind the latest movement of thousands of people from their homelands towards the supposedly economic havens notwithstanding any persecution.


The escalation of globalization is linked with stronger growth and is a precondition for improving the position of average citizens all over the globe, which is a motive sufficient to maintain it. Globalization is the phenomenon of improved integration of the world economy as evidenced by the growth of international trade and factor mobility which means that there is an economic growth in all countries around the globe and so there are less reasons for fleeing a country for political and other reasons except economic one. Moreover, globalization, predominantly in the forms of immigration and off shoring, boosts the successful supply of low-skilled workers available to domestic companies.1 Furthermore, globalization leads to the marginalization of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) due to the global integration of trade, and global migration,2 as well as flows of technology and finance around the world.


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