The Implications of the Acquisition of a New Nationality for the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees
Asian Journal of International Law (2015) 5(2), 356-386
31 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2014 Last revised: 20 Mar 2016
Date Written: August 20, 2014
This article examines the legal consequences of the acquisition of a new nationality for the right of return of Palestinian refugees. The article argues that since the right of return is independent of the refugee status, the cessation of the latter should not necessarily abrogate the former. By examining the underpinnings of the right of return to one’s own country, especially the link between the individual and her territory, this article argues that this link is somehow weakened in a situation of naturalization in a different country. However, this weakening of the link should not automatically lead to the deprivation of rights. The circumstances that lead refugees to leave their country of origin, the circumstances preventing their return, and the decisions made by the individuals in view of their available options should be examined.
Keywords: Palestinian refugees, right of return, acquisition of nationality
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