- (can affect a) migrant, refugee
- (is prohibited by) non-refoulement
- (confused with) deportation
- (may be associated with) refugee crisis
Synonyms and variants
- push back operation
- to turn back
- maritime push backs
- to be pushed back
The initial refusal of the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to save people stranded at sea, who were clearly in desperate, sometimes life-threatening conditions, and the apparent push back operations they undertook, were in flagrant violation of their international obligations.
Refugees were pushed back by authorities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Spain.
Concerns grew after widespread reports from African nationals attempting to flee the war that they were being turned back, either by Ukrainian or Polish border guards.
The term Push-back has a very low frequency in the corpus. This should be considered when reading this entry.