Asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons

Mixed migratory movements continue to be a defining feature within South and South-West Asia. Some people move in search of better livelihood opportunities, while others flee persecution or conflict. The subregion also witnesses movements that are even more complex and caused by a combination of different motivations. For example, people may have some economic reasons for departing their home countries, which are triggered by underlying human rights violations or persecution. In addressing mixed movements, States have a legitimate and sovereign right to define their own migration policies and to protect their borders as a matter of national security. Every State has the sovereign power to regulate the admission and stay of non-citizens within its territory and a valid interest in resisting irregular migration, as well as combating smuggling and trafficking in persons. However, these concerns need to go hand in hand with the protection of those in need of it in accordance with humanitarian principles and international law.


1 Tom Vargas, Senior Regional Protection Advisor; Laura Giammarinaro, Regional Registration Officer; Vipawan Pongtranggoon, Assistant Protection Research Officer; Robert Larsson, Regional Refugee Status Determination Officer; Amit Sen, Regional Statelessness Officer; Pajaree Suwannakarn, Protection Information Associate, UNHCR Regional Protection Hub, Bangkok, Thailand