When do you stop being a refugee?

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention outlines the grounds for a person’s refugee status to cease.

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention outlines the grounds for a person’s refugee status to cease. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The circumstances due to which the refugee status was granted in the first place are no longer the case.
  • Acquiring the host country’s citizenship.
  • Voluntarily returning to the country of origin.

Refugee organisations, such as UNHCR or DRC, work towards the attainment of durable solutions for the displaced. These solutions include voluntary, safe repatriation to their home country when the circumstances allow, resettlement to a third country, and integration within the host community.