Glossary

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  • Safe third country concept

    An asylum-seeker may be refused access to the asylum procedure in the country where the application has been made if responsibility for assessing the asylum application in substance is assumed by a third country, where the asylum-seeker will be protected from refoulement and will be able to seek and enjoy asylum in accordance with accepted international standards.

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  • Secondary movements

    The notion refers to asylum-seekers and refugees moving independently from their first host country to another country in search of protection and solutions.

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  • Seeds for Solutions

    A UNHCR initiative to help ensure investment in solutions to displacement whenever opportunities arise, even when humanitarian emergencies are placing heavy financial demands on the organization. 

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  • Self-reliance

    Refers to the ability of people, households or communities to meet their essential needs and enjoy their human rights in a sustainable manner and to live with dignity.

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  • Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)

    Acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, that target individuals or groups of individuals on the basis of their gender.

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  • Sphere Project

    The Sphere Project was launched in 1997 by a group of humanitarian NGOs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. The project has developed several tools, including a handbook, in order to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response.

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  • Standard (RBM term)

    A standard represents an ideal level of achievement set by the organization in order to provide the optimal level of protection for people of concern.

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  • Stateless person

    Person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law, including a person whose nationality is not established. 

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  • Subsidiary protection

    Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection are persons who have been found not to meet the Convention definition of a refugee but who face a real risk of serious harm. This includes the death penalty or execution, torture or inhuman or degrading treatment, or a serious and individual threat to their life or person by reason of indiscriminate violence in situations of armed conflict.

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