In-country processing and other protected entry procedures

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What is in-country processing and protected entry?

In-country processing enables people in refugee-like situations - but who have not yet fled across an international border - to be processed within their countries of origin and then resettled abroad. 

In-country processing is related to the broader concept of protected entry, which refers to arrangements in which a person in need of protection may approach a host state outside that state’s territory. Protected entry procedures may be applied outside the country of origin, within a third state, while as the name suggests, ‘in-country’ processing is applied within the country of origin.


Author: Dr Claire Higgins (Senior Research Associate), with Michael Quach and Elsa Lo (interns)