The essay concludes with the statement that conflict is one but not the only major reason for migration, portrays other reasons such as educational or economic benefits, which bring people to leave their home countries and seek opportunities abroad. However, conflict seems to be a great force to make people, who under normal circumstances would not consider migrating, leave their home communities and move somewhere unknown. The first refugees were documented in the 17th century when the displacement of the Huguenots took place exemplifying “the moment in which states’ legal practices began to be defined in relation to sovereign territory, as opposed to being in relation to the monarch’s subjects”. The expulsion of the French Protestants from French soil rooted the notion of territorial sovereignty identifying the sovereign with a specific territory. Novak states in his 2012 article that “by transforming a group of vassals and subjects into a body of citizens, the Declaration of Man and Citizen asserted in law the need to belong to a nation and a state as a pre-condition for accessing security, prosperity and protection”, a notion that until now influences and defines the rights of refugees making crucial the distinction between citizen and non-citizen as engraved by law. In this historical moment after the breakup of European empires and the establishment of the nation-state, both the ‘national’ as well as the ‘alien’ became subjects of legislation in the now dominant political form of the nation-state. The end of World War 1 and more than ten million refugees posed a significant threat to the overall stability of the world system. They for the first time were defined as “figures of concern for the interstate system” and identified “on the basis of lack of protection and effective non-nationality, and, although applied ex-post in relation to already in situ populations, that Convention established a legal framework attributing to refugees an internationally recognised status and determining an overall sense of purpose for refugee-related activities” by The Convention Relating to the International Status of Refugees.