The Handbook for Parliamentarians No. 27 – A Guide to international refugee protection and building state asylum systems, jointly published by the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) addresses contemporary challenges and sets out applicable international legal standards and obligations for refugees and others in need of international protection in a way that is intended to be as accessible and yet as comprehensive as possible.
A particular focus of the Handbook is on establishing and maintaining asylum systems and the mechanisms to enable States to respond promptly and effectively to the arrival of asylum-seekers and refugees. More specifically, the Handbook outlines what needs to be in place for protection-sensitive entry systems to regulate mixed movements of people, ensuring fair and efficient asylum procedures, respecting the rights and dignity of refugees, and addressing specific needs and diverse protection concerns. It also identifies strategies to promote greater tolerance and respect for refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as to support durable solutions for refugees and others in need of international protection.