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Out-of-Country Voting: The Predicament of the Recognised 1951 Convention Refugee
Forced Migration(s): Critical Reflections on Refugee Law (2014)
  • Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, Esq.
Abstract
‘Out-of-Country Voting: The Predicament of the Recognised Refugee’ points to an emerging global trajectory to consider non-resident citizens (expatriates) as eligible voters in elections of their country of citizenship and to provide them access to Out-of-Country Voting (OCV) procedures. The chapter distinguishes between three types of expatriates: voluntary migrants, including migrant workers and their families; conflict forced migrants; and recognised (1951 Geneva Convention) refugees. It argues that the strength of the normative claim of recognised refugees to remain eligible voters and to access OCV processes is met with a political (and legal) reality in which their disenfranchisement is highly likely. Their unique vulnerability is heightened by the fact that the length of their stay in the state of asylum is indefinite, and their repatriation is thus neither imminent nor necessarily forthcoming. The chapter argues that their political predicament characterises recognised refugees as a special category of non-citizen residents.
Publication Date
2014
Editor
Jean-Pierre Gauci, Mariagiulia Giuffré, and Lilian Tsourdi (eds)
Publisher
Brill
Publisher Statement
Pre-publication draft version
Citation Information
Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler. "Out-of-Country Voting: The Predicament of the Recognised 1951 Convention Refugee" Forced Migration(s): Critical Reflections on Refugee Law (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ruvi_ziegler/21/