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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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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 ...
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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 in 2016. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Is there anything in EU law to prevent this invasion scenario? [closed]

Let's say Putin's government funds an NGO (clandestinely, so it looks like a for realz NGO), rents out a ton of large ships, puts on a couple hundred thousand little green men out of uniform and ...
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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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Are there any serious proposals for using Australia's solution for the refugee problem in Europe?

Australian authorities have managed to resolve their refugee crisis by requiring that all people entering their territorial waters without a visa are detained on a remote island until they are granted ...
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Did Angela Merkel break “the” law by opening the borders to refugees?

I keep hearing this, and I don't know what law people are refering to. The only one I know of is the Dublin Regulation. Is there more? Does Merkel, as a Chancellor, have the right to allow this flow, ...
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Does Russia need Turkey to bring anti-regime forces to the negotiating table?

I was puzzled by the following sentence in an article titled Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it in the February 16th, 2017 print issue of The Economist: Russia needs Turkey to ...
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What does Donald Trump's temporary refugee ban mean for Australia's resettlement deal signed last year?

It has been reported that Donald Trump is signing for a temporary ban on refugees. Mr Trump, who tweeted earlier today that a "big day" was planned on national security, is expected to order a ...
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What does it mean for someone to be a refugee?

What exactly does it mean for someone to have immigrated to the United States with refugee status? I've had friends whose families sponsored Kurdish refugees as part of a church program to help them ...
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EU refugee quota proposal

I would like to read the proposal of the EU refugee quota system. Could someone tell me, where to find it? I did not find anything official on my own.
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What is the interest of the Turkish government in pushing for visa-free travel to the EU?

In the recent spat between Turkey and the EU, the Turkish government has been (or at least that's the impression I've been getting from the reporting of the issue) pushing very hard for the visa-free ...
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Percentage of European terrorists who are refugees

What percentage of terrorists in the recent attacks in Europe have ever held the refugee immigration status in any EU country? I am primarily interested in the data for the last 3 years or so. Any ...
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Are all refugees vetted as per these guidelines?

I came across this page on the white house website that lists the screening process of refugees in the US: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/11/20/infographic-screening-process-refugee-entry-...
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What did Peter Dutton (Federal Member for Dickson) say in a radio inteview that was said to be offensive towards refugees?

Recently (May 2016) the federal member for Dickson, Peter Dutton, was in a radio interview where he was accused of claiming that refugees were unemployable and would take our jobs at the same time. ...
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How can countries close their borders to refugees when they have a legal obligation of non-refoulement?

Many countries in Europe are closing their borders to refugees after a spur of right-winged political movements. However, the principle of non-refoulement states that a state must accept someone who ...
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Where, why, and how do some individuals from safe and stable countries get refugee status?

UNHCR has a database with numbers of refugees per country. For example, as of June 2015, it notes 4,194,554 refugees from Syria, 1,105,618 from Somalia, and 744,102 from South Sudan. No surprise ...
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How is Germany going to integrate the refugees?

When the arriving numbers of refugees increased, Merkel repeatedly said 'We can do it' to critics and supporters of her asylum policy. She also mentioned this in her New Years Eve Speech. I don't want ...
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Why do the Palestinian refugees have special status among the refugees?

The UN body dedicated to protect and help the refugees all around the world is the UNHCR - except for the Palestinian refugees who are the sole group to have their own, specially dedicated UN body: ...