Migration & Displacement

The 1951 Refugee Convention

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The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states. The 1967 Protocol removed geographical and temporal restrictions from the Convention. In July 2001, UNHCR published a special edition of its Refugees Magazine dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Convention.(pdf,1.2MB)

Text of the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol

The key document to refugee protection plus the text of the Protocol, which removed a deadline and geographical restrictions from the Convention.

The 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol

The most frequently asked questions about the treaty and its protocol.

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