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Questions about displaced persons that have fled their home country and are unable to return safely with regard to politics or government policies

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How did Angela Merkel's refugee stance change so drastically?

In 2015, there was this famous interview involving Angela Merkel and a young refugee girl (?) where the girl requests better policies/rights (?) for refugees from Merkel, and Merkel gives a ...
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Where can I find more information on refugees living in Poland?

I want to know the refugee data of Poland since its accession to the EU. For example: When did the refugees come to Poland? What were their countries of origin? How many of them came? What are their ...
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How Europeans identify Roma among the Ukrainian refugees [closed]

There have been several reports of discrimination in Poland, Czechia or Germany against refugees of the Ukrainian war who happened to also be ethnically Romani. I assume that there are no ID documents ...
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What programs have host countries of refugee implemented in the past to help refugees?

There has been an increase in refugee numbers recently, doubling from roughly 10 million people in 2010 to roughly 20 million people in 2020 (Source). I am assuming that the majority of the recent ...
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Is by European countries' standards escaping from a military draft a basis for refugee status?

Some European countries including mine have laws allowing to draft men (and women of some professions) into the military when the current situation warrants it. Although the current situation in ...
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Granting refugee status to a person due to his/her financial support to another country [closed]

There are two countries: A and B, and they are in war with one another. Citizen of A donates money to armed forces or humanitarian organization of B. He/she arrives to a neutral country C with a ...
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What is the EU's official explanation for why it's opposed to refugees arriving via Belarus?

Belarus has been in the news recently due to their attempt to transport a large number of refugees into the EU: First Belarus arranged for a few hundred migrants to cross the border into Lithuania. ...
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How many people are no longer registered refugees with UNRWA?

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The number of registered refugees on UNRWA's books has continuously risen1: Year Refugees 1949 726,000 ...
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Afghan refugee vetting in addition to security concerns

The Biden administration has promised that Afghan refugees being lifted out will be vetted and backgrounds checked against biometric data. Though this is not necessary isolated to only Afghan refugees,...
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Why did the visa arrangements not happen before US and allies leaving of Afghanistan?

As the US and allies are leaving Afghanistan they seem to leave behind quite a lot of persons who struggle to leave Kabul. I am wondering why this is happening since leaving Afghanistan became clear ...
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Why does Canada only accept refugee applications from Afghans applying from Afghanistan, thus requiring them to return to the country?

The Canadian government have started processing the refugee applications for Afghanistan whose lives are being endangered by the increasing advances of the Taliban. According to immigration.ca: ...
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What does India not being a member to the 1951 Refugee Convention mean?

What does India not being a party to the protocol mean in the context of legal documents pertaining to refugee protection. A slightly detailed insight to this is most welcome. https://www.unhcr.org/...
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In what context did Tony Benn say the following?

Apparently, the late Tony Benn, once a Labour MP for Bristol South East and Chesterfield, once said: The way the government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would ...
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Did Taiwan end up doing what its president said that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

This answer to What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"? says (paraphrased): (Taiwan) means to help new settlements of Hong Kong people... ...
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Is a person fleeing from one US state to another considered a refugee? [closed]

My question is the exact same as the title.
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Has Turkey made any demands for the EU to meet so they keep the refugees?

Brief context Now lately, I have been watching the news, and the President of Turkey had a meeting in Brussels to negotiate further conditions with the NATO and EU. European Countries Stances... As ...
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Why has Turkey "opened the floodgates" for migrants to the EU?

Over the past few days, Turkey has reportedly relaxed restrictions on the movement of migrants travelling through the country into the European Union via the Greek border, allowing the hundreds of ...
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Why don't countries experiencing population decline take ISIS refugees?

This question is inspired by articles such as this one, describing how various Western countries have citizens that fought for ISIS and now do not want to repatriate them. There are obvious reasons ...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

There are several rich "Muslim" states in Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and so on. It seems that none of them want to receive Syrian, Iraqi, North African and other Muslim refugees. ...
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Could the EU call bluff Turkish threat to send 3.6 milion refugees?

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Europe with a flood of refugees on Thursday if the continent’s leaders call the Turkish invasion of Syria an “occupation.” “We will open the gates ...
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What specific measures has Turkey taken to stem the flow of refugees to the EU?

After the Cyprus gas spat this summer, in which the EU imposed some financial sanctions on Turkey, the latter has suspended the "readmission" protocol of Syrian refugees agreed with the EU ...
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How to interpret these figures about refugees?

I am trying to find figures for the number of refugees in various countries. I am looking at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center's website here, and I see this for India: I am very confused ...
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What are the consequences for a developed nation to not accept any refugees?

What are the consequences for a developed nation to not accept any refugees? Are there grave consequences for not accepting any refugees? I am asking, because almost every country on the planet ...
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How does the opposition to quotas for refugees policies from certain EU countries coexist with the EU "free movement of people inside EU" policies?

As far as I know, the European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU has developed an internal single market through a ...
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Are there international laws that compel Mexico to prevent migrants from crossing the border and into the U.S.?

Are there international laws that compel Mexico to prevent migrants from crossing the border and into the U.S.? I am asking, because I am wondering if there's any legitimate grievance from the U.S., ...
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How does subsidiary protection differ from Convention-refugee status in terms of concrete rights granted?

Why did the EU adopt another terminology (i.e. subsidiary protection) for non-1951-Convention refugees? Does subsidiary protection confer fewer right in practice than refugee/asylum status under the ...
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Who has the power to designate new countries for TPS (temporary protected status)?

VOA news on January 17, 2019: Amid a deepening crisis and mass exodus from Venezuela, bipartisan legislation was unveiled Thursday to provide temporary protected status (TPS) to Venezuelan nationals ...
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Is there a group that the Trump administration has (re)designated for TPS?

In a story from last year: The Trump administration will let 6,900 Syrians who had been allowed to live and work in the US because of dangerous conditions in their home country remain in the US for ...
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Has the US government adopted the extended UNHCR definition of refugee?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual residence and ...
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How did the extended UNHCR definition of refugee come about?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual ...
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What is the difference between war refugees and deserters?

To give one example, the US government reserves the right to reinstate conscription at any time. If conscription is reinstated, anyone fleeing the US territory to escape the war will become a deserter ...
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What percentage of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 refugee crisis are no longer receiving welfare?

At the height of the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe there have been numerous arguments over the economic utility of arriving asylum seekers. On one hand of the spectrum, representatives of the left ...
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Reasons behind selective filtering of immigrants by India

The president of the ruling party (BJP) promised during election campaigning that only refugees belonging to Hindu, Sikh and Buddha will be allowed into India. The government also seems to be thinking ...
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What percentage of rejected asylum seekers are successfully returned back to their home countries?

According to the most recent report on asylum claims in the EU (emphasis added, typo fixed): During the third quarter of 2018, 133,200 first instance decisions were made by the national authorities ...
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What percentage of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 refugee crisis were eventually granted full asylum?

Approximately one million asylum seekers arrived to the EU at the peak of the refugee crisis back in 2015. At that time, there were numerous debates in the public as to whether or not these were "true"...
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Did EU policy have a significant impact on total number of immigrants in the UK?

One of the most important issues in the Brexit debate is immigration / refugees. It seems the argument is, that the EU has increased the total number of immigrants to the UK greatly. However, the UK ...
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Why did Hungary oppose a refugee support agreement?

A UN General Assembly vote on a non-binding agreement to support those nations with the largest refugee populations has 181 supportive votes, three abstaining nations (Dominican Republic, Eritrea and ...
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Does Mexico's aid option for Central American migrants somehow change the status or rights of the displaced persons under international law?

French news agency AFP, and Yahoo published a story under the headline Mexico announces aid options for Central American migrants. It starts out with the following: October 26, 2018 [dateline on ...
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Are there any refugees fleeing from Germany?

Refugees coming to Germany is a well known fact. But then, are there currently any German refugees leaving Germany and if yes, for what reasons?
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Why do EU countries never use language tests to help select/educate refugees?

If I were the leader of an EU country, I would state in a news broadcast that if refugees want to live in my country, they would have to learn our language first, and I would give high priority to ...
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Why was Schengen a problem in distributing refugees based on quotas?

I'd often heard here in Czechia that quota couldn't really distribute refugees, as everyone has the right to move freely within the EU. Is the Schengen Agreement so strict it is So hard to adjust so ...
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Why did Germany and Sweden decide to accept Syrian refugees?

As of 2018, Why did the governments of Germany and Sweden decide to receive refugees from Syria? Were there any strategic/tactical political/economic factors involved?
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Can a nation just deny refugees to enter into their nation? [duplicate]

Is there any international mandate by UN which forces nations to accept refugees (For e.g. EU fines countries for not accepting refugees) and if not , can nations simply deny all refugees entering?
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What are the Realpolitik benefits in taking in refugees from the perspective of Europe?

The principal argument, to my knowledge, that Europe ought to take in refugees from Syria (and other war torn countries) is a moral one. The refugees are innocent victims of brutal wars, the ...
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Why isn't Japan criticized for its refugee policies as much as other developed countries are?

Japan is unique among the world's most developed countries for its extremely harsh policies towards refugees. The policy is fully acknowledged by the Japanese leaders who have been quoted saying: I ...
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Why do refugees come to Japan?

In 2016, 10,901 people applied for refugee status in Japan. I may understand if these refugees come from the neighboring countries such as Philippines or Mongolia, but some people come from countries ...
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What effect does an influx of refugees have on the economy of a country? [closed]

Are refugees good or bad for the economy? I ask you because I do not know what to think of it. My country do not like them and they have gotten a bad image here. I would like to hear some facts ...
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Is there anything which legally stops any EU country like Estonia from suddenly accepting an influx of refugees?

If Germany has legal right to accept millions of refugees and spread them around Europe using relocation schemes - then what stops any other EU country to do the same? Are there limits how much they ...
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Can I claim a refugee status by entering an embassy?

Well, I'm Syrian refugee in Turkey and things doesn't getting better, let's say that I have entered the Canadian Embassy in Istanbul, and claim a refugee status there, what will happen next ?
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