Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees and Stateless Persons, Third Report of the Drafting Committee on Articles of the Draft Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (E/AC.32/L.40 and E/1703/Add.7)

Article 25 Transfer of assets

1.     A Contracting State shall, in conformity with its laws and regulations, permit a refugee to transfer assets which he has brought with him into its territory to another country where he has been admitted for the purposes of resettlement.

2.     The Contracting State shall give sympathetic consideration to the application of a refugee for permission to transfer assets wherever they may be and which are necessary for his resettlement to another country where he has been admitted.

Article 26 Refugees not lawfully admitted

1.     The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of his illegal entry or presence, on a refugee who enters or who is present in their territory without authorization, and who presents himself without delay to the authorities and shows good cause for his illegal entry or presence.

2.     The Contracting States shall not apply to such refugees restrictions of movement other than those which are necessary and such restrictions shall only be applied until his status in the country is regularized or he obtain admission into another country.

Article 27 Expulsion of refugees lawfully admitted

1.     The Contracting States shall not expel a refugee lawfully in their territory save on grounds of national security or public order.

2.     The expulsion of such refugee shall be only in pursuance of a decision reached in accordance with due process of law. The refugee shall have the right to submit evidence to clear himself and the rights to appeal to and be represented before competent authority.

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

Article 28 Prohibition of expulsion to territories where the life or freedom of a refugee is threatened

No Contracting State shall expel or return, in any manner whatsoever, a refugee to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion.

Article 29 Naturalization

The Contracting States shall as far as possible 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.

Article 30 Co-operation of the national authorities with the United Nations

1.     The Contracting States undertake to co-operate with the United Nations High Commissioner's Office for Refugees, or other agency charged by the United Nations with the international protection of refugees, in the exercise of its functions, and shall in particular facilitate its duty of supervising the application of the provisions of this Convention.

2.     In order to enable the High Commissioner's Office or other appropriate agency of the United Nations to make reports to the competent organs of the United Nations, the Contracting States undertake to provide them in the form requested with any data, statistics, and information requested concerning

a)    the condition of refugees,

b)    the implementation of this Convention, and

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

Article 31 Measures of implementation of the Convention

("Each of the Contracting States shall, within a reasonable time and in accordance with its constitution, adopt legislative or other measures to give effect to the provisions of this Convention, if such measures are not already in effect.")


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