Who Are Refugees?

Who Are Refugees?


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Who are Refugees?

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

After the attacks on Pairs, America is debating if they should allow refugees to enter the country. There were reports that one of the terrorist who were involved in the attacks fled into Europe with  the Syrians. Many republican governors have said that they will not allow Syrian refugee’s into there states. Potential refugees first must apply for asylum in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The UNHCR  decides who merits refugee status based on the parameters laid out in the 1951 Refugee Convention, which states that a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

If the refugee meets the conditions listed above the UNHCR may refer the refugee to a country like the Untied states. Then that refugee can apply for citizenship. Once the united states get there application the Resettlement Support Center study it and gather information about the refugee. After that they go through a very intensive screening process that includes  a medical evaluation and an interagency security screening process aimed at ensuring the refugee does not pose a threat to the United States.

The last step for a refugee is getting paired with a resettlement agency, which will help the refugee transfer into the country. They provide many services to help the refugee like language and vocational training, as well as monetary assistance for housing and other things they might need.

Here is a link to a map that shows which US Governors are open to receiving Syrian Refugees: http://www.vox.com/2015/11/16/9746456/map-syrian-refugees-governors