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On the history of the international protection of refugees

30-09-2001 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 843, by Gilbert Jaeger


Gilbert Jaeger
is a former Director of Protection, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva. 

Whereas the history of protection of refugees dates back at least a few centuries, not to mention refugee situations in Antiquity, the history of international protection starts with the League of Nations. No one would be surprised to learn that the International Committee of the Red Cross was the initiator of the international protection system set up by the League of Nations.  

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