non-re·​foule·​ment ˌnän-rə-ˌfül-ˈmän How to pronounce non-refoulement (audio)
: a principle of international law providing a refugee or asylum seeker with the right to freedom from expulsion from a territory in which he or she seeks refuge or from forcible return to a country or territory where he or she faces threats to life or freedom because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion

Examples of non-refoulement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People fleeing a Chinese territory for Taiwan could find themselves in a vulnerable position if Beijing decided to test the limits of Taiwanese human rights protections, which include provisions for non-refoulement that protect refugees from forced return. Betsy Joles, Foreign Affairs, 30 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of non-refoulement was in 1960

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“Non-refoulement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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