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A former admissions officer at Dartmouth university finds how the world's so much hugely selective faculties quite make their judgements.

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The racist and postcolonial situations foreseen by the broad provisions in the definition of a refugee are all but finished. Now, the residual category of “events seriously disturbing public order” offers very limited capacity to deal 34 George Okoth-Obbo et al. with the broad range of refugee-producing situations in Africa today. The expanded definition has clearly reached the need for reform, particularly to more accurately reflect the contemporary causes of Africa’s refugees and anchor the causal elements of flight more strongly in the need to protect life, liberty, and other human rights.

More awareness of the impact of abstract discussions about burden sharing on the shifting of the burden and absence of responsibility recognition among states needs to be instilled. Global solidarity, from that perspective is not only about relations between states, or the obligations of state structures towards individuals, but also a matter of human solidarity: and expressions of support from those fortunate enough not to be refugees, to those forced to flee their homelands. 30 Joanne van Selm NOTES Joanne van Selm has prepared this chapter on the basis of notes taken from the plenary session of the conference on this theme.

Burden sharing, mentioned only briefly in the preamble to the 1951 convention is a central platform for the regime established by the OAU convention. With regard to asylum, the obligations not to deny entry, to receive and to secure settlement of refugees are specifically mandated. These have since been reinforced by even more forthright provisions on the “right” to seek asylum spelled out in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In contrast with the prohibition of refoulement in the 1951 convention, which Regional Approaches to Forced Migration 33 contains exceptions, the OAU’s equivalent provision contains an absolute prohibition.

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