Ad Hoc Committee on Statelessness and Related Problems, Decisions of the Committee on Statelessness and Related Problems Taken at the Meetings of 2 February 1950


[Article 24]

First Article

Each of the High Contracting Parties undertakes not to expel or return, in any manner whatsoever, refugees to the frontiers of territories where their life or freedom would be threatened on account of their race, religion, nationality or opinions.

Second Article

1.     A refugee who is lawfully in the territory of any of the High Contracting Parties may not be expelled save on grounds of national security or public order and according to such procedure and safeguard as are provided by law.

2.     Such refugees shall be entitled, in accordance with the established law and procedure of the country, to submit evidence to clear themselves and to be represented before the competent authority.

3.     The High Contracting Parties shall allow such refugees a reasonable period within to seek legal admission into another country. During that period the High Contracting Parties reserve the right to apply such internal measures as they may deem necessary.

Third Article

1.     The High Contracting Parties undertake not to impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or residence, on refugees who enter or who are present in their territory without prior or legal authorization and who present themselves without delay to the authorities.

2.     The High Contracting Parties undertake not to apply to such refugees restrictions of movement other than those which are necessary and such restriction shall only be applied until such time as it is possible to make a decision regarding their legal admission to the reception country or to another country; the High Contracting Parties shall allow such refugees a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.


Article 25

Exceptional measures

Any exceptional measures which a High Contracting Party may be called upon to take against the person, property or interests of nationals of a foreign State, shall not be applied to refugees who are nationals of the said State, solely on account of the fact that they belong legally to that State.


Articles 26 and 27 (combined)

1.     The High Contracting Parties undertake to facilitate the work of the agencies charged by the United Nations with the international protection of refugees such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

2.     In order to enable such agencies to make reports to the competent organs of the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties undertake to provide them, in the form prescribed, with data, statistics and information concerning

(a)   the condition of refugees, and

(b)   the implementation of the present Convention, and

(c)   all regulations, laws, decrees etc., made by them concerning refuges.


Article 28

The High Contracting Parties undertake as far as possible to facilitate the assimilation and naturalization of refugees. They shall in particular make every effort to expedite naturalization proceedings and to reduce as far as possible the charges and costs of such proceedings.


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