chapter  7
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Charting a New Course

In the more than three decades since the signing of the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, a single principle has remained paramount, the principle that any individual who fears persecution has the right to seek asylum in a foreign country. All the battles over the Haitian and Cuban and Central American refugees have been over that central principle--the right to seek asylum. In principle upheld, in practice the right to seek asylum has been circumvented, ignored, even abrogated.