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Sur. Revista Internacional de Direitos Humanos

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MURILLO, Juan Carlos. The legitimate security interests of the State and international refugee protection. Sur, Rev. int. direitos human. [online]. 2009, vol.6, n.10, pp.120-137. ISSN 1806-6445.

After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, there has been a strong interest amongst States in matters relating to national security. While every State has a right to ensure security and control borders, it is also necessary to ensure that the legitimate security interests of States are consistent with their international human rights obligations and that immigration controls do not indiscriminately affect those refugees in need of international protection, so as not to undermine the international regime for protection of refugees. This article explores the links between the security of States and the international protection of refugees, focusing on the compatibility of both themes. Security is both a right of refugees and a legitimate interest of States. It is therefore important to understand that the security of States and the protection of refugees are complementary and mutually reinforcing. In this sense, legislation regarding refugees and fair and effective operational procedures for the determination of refugee status can be utilized by States as useful tools to solidify and strengthen their security.

Keywords : Security; Human rights; International refugee protection.

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