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

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-refoulement was in 1960

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“Non-refoulement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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