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Standards with respect to the voluntariness of repatriations have been established through the practice of the Tamil Nadu government and through a High Court decision. Deportation orders for asylum seekers have been stayed pending refugee‟s status determinations with the implication that successful applications preclude refoulement. The Indian government believes that even in the absence of refugee specific legislation and in spite of being a non-signatory to the principal refugee conventions, adequate protection to refugees is being provided a generous asylum policy and administrative structure.

In Rwanda, we had our own home and own things. We have been too long away from home doing nothing. Any way, it is better to return to my home because, here in the camp, there are many problems, no schools, for example. Life here has no future. Now, lot of people are planning to repatriate which is good because it is better to go in a greater number. There is no need for us to stay here for any longer. Since nothing happened to those who returned to home, why should we be afraid of returning? Some people have committed genocide and they are discouraging others from returning.

37-118. B. The Voluntary Character of Repatriation Before considering the question of voluntary character of repatriation, it will be worthwhile to consider some of the statements made by a number of Rwandan refugees in the Benasco Camp in Tanzania to see the perception of refugees about their repatriation: Now, it is safe to return after spending 2-1/2 years in camp. It is better to go back than to remain here as a refugee. We are living here in difficult conditions. In Rwanda, we had our own home and own things.

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