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Why did the UK Parliament not close all legal routes for appeal when passing the Safety of Rwanda act?

The Safety of Rwanda is quite broad but as per the opinion of legal experts it still leaves some routes for appeal: Section 4(4) goes on to provide for very limited circumstances in which a court can ...
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What are the factors that may explain why there's a much higher cap set by Canada for Ukrainian temporary visa holders than Palestinians?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/gaza-visa-winnipeg-reaction-1.7076386 On Dec. 21, Marc Miller, Canada's federal minister responsible for immigration and refugees, announced the new program to ...
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Civil rights of Lebanese Palestinians

What is the position of American and European civil right groups on the situation of Palestinians in Lebanon? From the Wikipedia article Palestinians in Lebanon: Most Palestinians in Lebanon do not ...
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Has the designation and treatment of refugees stemming from Arab-Israeli conflicts been consistent with international refugee law?

Refugees are people who were forced to leave their home countries, due to war or a natural disaster. Yet Arab-Israeli cases seem to necessitate a more nuanced definition of “refugee”, due to the ...
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Why doesn't Israel ask Palestinians in Gaza Strip to move to the Negev to a camp managed by UNHCR?

Israel has been urging Palestinians to move south and leave Gaza city since the start of the war, with their war on Hamas fighters, a high number of civilians are falling casualties. Israel could have ...
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Who is establishing the big tent cities by the sea in Gaza?

According to a former Mossad "division chief", Rami Igra, interviewed on CNN the population from Khan Yunis is asked to move by the sea, where "big tent cities are being established&...
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Why were refugees from Syria more 'wanted' than refugees from Gaza now?

During the civil war in Syria, that started in 2011, around five millions of Syrians have fled the country and have been accepted as refugees by Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Jordan, and many other ...
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Is there no presumption in international law that people fleeing from a country at war are valid refugee applicants?

A fairly upvoted answer to a Q here writes: There is no obligation to "accept them" if they are still in Gaza IMHO there is a difference however between just being in Gaza and standing ...
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Why has the EU not used the Temporary Protection Directive for refugees from Syria?

Wikipedia says: The Temporary Protection Directive (TPD; Council Directive 2001/55/EC) is a 2001 European Union directive providing for immediate, temporary protection for displaced people from ...
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Is the requirement to accept refugees unconditional in international law, even in the case of a forced population transfer?

In a translation of a document allegedly leaked from the Israeli government the following claim appears: Israel should act to evacuate the civilian population [of Gaza] to Sinai. [...] and the return ...
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Are the Levant countries not accepting more refugees?

There's again war in the Middle East, and where's war, there's displaced people who seek asylum. But it seems the neighboring countries are struggling with refugees from the previous one. According to ...
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What are some rich, non-European/American countries' policies on refugee admissions?

With the Ukraine war and the arrival of many Ukrainian refugees into European countries, as well as Canada/USA, there has been talk of double standards when it comes to refugee admissions. Russia-...
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Why did Eastern EU members embrace refugees from Ukraine but not refugees from other nations? [duplicate]

During the Russian Ukrainian war, Eastern EU members have accepted millions of Ukrainian refugees without complaint. This was in stark contrast to refugees from Africa and the Middle East which were ...
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What's AfD's vision for the Ukrainian refugees in Germany?

Reportedly While protesting in Leipzig in October against Russia’s war in Ukraine, Anastasia, 21, was confronted by AfD counter-protesters screaming “Nazis out” at her and fellow Ukrainians. The AfD ...
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How long will the war in Ukraine have to last for Ukrainian refugees to become permanent residents?

If the war in Ukraine were to end tomorrow, it is likely that the majority of Ukrainian refugees would have their status revoked and be asked to return home. However, if the war were to last for 20 ...
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Is the UK going to abandon asylum for refugees?

The Prime Minister has said that the law will be changed such that no one who arrives in the country illegally will be eligible to remain - or words to that effect. Given that there is no legal method ...
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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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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 support "Hong Kongers" trying to resettle as its president said?

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 like Canada to not accept any refugees? Are there grave consequences for not accepting any refugees? I am asking, because almost every country on the ...
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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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