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Friday, June 19, 2015

Professor Michael Kagan Interviewed by IRIN

Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On June 15, Professor Kagan was quoted in an article titled “Refugee versus migrant: time for a new label?” posted on the United Nation’s Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) humanitarian news site.

In the article, Professor Kagan talked about the challenges of applying the international refugee definition in an era where governments are resistant to migration generally.

“We have to remember that until there is a fair procedure conducted for each person, we really don’t know if the person is a refugee or not,” he said.

Professor Kagan spent a decade developing legal aid programs for refugees in the Middle East, and has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law.