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Forty years after the Second World War, the international refugee crisis shows few signs of abating. Millions of persons continue to flee their states of nationality in search of safe havens, and the underlying conflicts in their home states that caused their flight often lack any hope of resolution. States of asylum are now realizing that their refugees may become long-term visitors. The refugees, for their part, fear their states of nationality and seek protection from their new home. International refugee law has proved slow to deal with the conflicts governments face as exiled citizens, still nominally "protected" by their home state, seek to adjust to their state of asylum. Refugee law must clarify the role that the state of nationality should play once a refugee has fled it.

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