Information on whether Antigua has a refugee determination system and on whether it accepts refugees [ATG20162.E]

Please find attached two documents that briefly describe refugee determination in Eastern Caribbean states. Both reports state that the few persons requesting asylum or refugee status in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean undergo a review or interview by a United Nations official acting on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Additional and/or corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


World Refugee Report. September 1989. Prepared by the Bureau for Refugee Programs. Washington, DC: United States Department of State, p. 77.

_____. September 1988. Prepared by the Bureau for Refugee Programs. Washington, DC: United States Department of State, p. 53.

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Critique: Review of the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Yearly. New York: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

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Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992. Edited by George Thomas Kurian. New York: Facts on File

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Material from the Indexed Media Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media Review.

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On-line searches of news articles.
Note on contacting foreign diplomatic representatives in Canada:

Embassies and high commissions are not usually called for security-related questions such as location of military bases or the functioning of secret services. Ability to obtain information from diplomatic representatives depends on availability of information and cooperation from individual countries.