Meaning of refoulement in English:


Pronunciation /rəˈfuːlmɒ̃/


mass nounLaw
  • The forcible return of refugees or asylum seekers to a country where they are liable to be subjected to persecution.

    ‘international and EU law prohibit refoulement’
    • ‘The freedom of the state with regard to refugees is restricted by the prohibition on refoulement in international law.’
    • ‘They should ensure that their consideration is consistent with Australia's international obligations to prevent refoulement.’
    • ‘It absolutely forbids refoulement to persecution – which is what refusing refugee status would have entailed.’
    • ‘Undocumented refugees are very vulnerable to harassment and extortion by the police, threatening arbitrary arrest or refoulement.’
    • ‘There also may be questions about the ability to return him to his country of birth and the question whether that would constitute refoulement or not in the present situation.’
    expulsion, expelling, banishment, banishing, exile, exiling, transportation, transporting, extradition, extraditing, expatriation, expatriating, repatriation, repatriating, refoulement


Late 18th century (in sense ‘an instance of water being forced back into the channel of a river’): French, from refouler ‘push or force back’.