Refugees Essay

4771 Words Nov 14th, 2012 20 Pages
We are presently living in a world full of turmoil, conflict, and confusion, continually engulfed in various power struggles and wars of all kinds. As a result of this never-ending, widespread violence and corruption, we are also living in a world of refugees. According to the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees: a refugee is a person 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 their nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail him/herself of the protection of that country (Refugee, 2008).
The current crisis of refugees around the
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The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide” (UNHCR, 2008). In addition to the UNHCR, there are dozens of organizations and agencies dedicated to the same purpose of safeguarding and insuring the lives and rights of refugees worldwide. One of these other organizations is the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), whose mission statement is “to address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life” (USCRI, 2008). The UNHCR, USCRI, and countless other groups and organizations have been working together, and with governments, to both assist and understand the present refugee situation and its many interconnected issues. One major issue surrounding refugees is that of claiming asylum. Asylum is a form of protection granted to a refugee by a host country, which allows said refugee to remain in the host country and away from persecution. According to the UNHCR, the right to asylum was established in 1951 at the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees through an international treaty, eventually

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