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Cheung v Canada, (1993) 2 FC 314 at 324 (The Federal Court of Canada). id=662 (accessed October 15, 2009).
This Eurocentric perception of refugee paved the way for the creation of a two–tiered refugee protection scheme that allowed western states to accord protection to European claimants and yet shield against most third world asylum-seekers. The process of decolonisation pursuant to the UN decolonisation declaration 1960 proliferated refugee crises seriously in Africa and Asia as a result of the retreat of European colonialism. The Eurocentric conceptualisation of refugees and their protection under the Convention served as an effective means of restricting the involvement of European colonial powers and the international community in decolonisation-induced refugees.
It has been focusing on actively assisting refugees in camps and negotiating with host governments for support, based on the presumption that refugees would return to their country of nationality. However, crises concerning displaced persons have changed and the predominant victims in these crises are those people who have been displaced within their own state. Crises of internal dislocation have escalated in number and magnitude in recent years, especially following the end of the cold war. The end of superpower control has rekindled ethnic, racial, religious, and tribal hatreds, wars, ethnic cleansing, and internal genocide in many countries and contributed to refugee flight around the world.
An Introduction to International Refugee Law by M. Rafiqul Islam