Draft Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Text of Articles Adopted on 10 July 1951

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 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, being unable to find asylum even temporarily in a country other than one in which his life or freedom would be threatened enters or is present in their territory without authorization, provided he 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 restriction shall only be applied until his status in the country is regularized or he obtains admission into another country. The Contracting States shall allow such refugee a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.


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