A refugee, to simply put it, is a person who is forced to leave their home country as they have either suffered or feared persecution, to flee a war or sometimes, escaping from natural disasters. Today, the increasing number of refugees has caught the attention of the globe as it hit 14.4 million at the end of 2014, which was a 2.7 million increase since 2013. The major countries that contributed to the number of refugees are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, which contributed to more than 50% of the number of refugees. Also, children took up more than 50% of the figures, according to UNHCR. There are many factors contributing to the sharp increase in number of refugees.
Turkey now hosts 2.5 million refugees from Syria, which is the world’s largest community of Syrians displaced by the ongoing conflict in their country. Lebanon hosts about 1.1 million refugees from Syria which has a rate of one in five people in the country. Jordan hosts approximately 635,324 refugees, Iraq hosts 245,022 refugees, and finally Egypt hosts 117,658 refugees (para. 1). Although Turkey faced many challenges in housing the Syrian refugees, they were able to successfully help all the refugees, providing them with medical care, tents, camps, food, clothes, and even toys for the children.
Leaders and governments around the world have labelled refugees as being a burden on their country either directly or indirectly. These leaders only see them as people who are trying to get into their country to escape the civil war, but fail to see that the refugees are also risking their lives in the process. At present, there are approximately 54.5 million refugees that are displaced, the largest refugee crisis the world has ever seen and they have nowhere to go. The question of doing the right thing and taking them in has been squashed due to various reasons and it appears to be that each country has adopted the ‘each man for himself’ policy by stating that it is their duty to only look after its citizens and no one else. As many state that refugees are a burden, there is a very good reason to believe that these refugees will contribute more to the world economically than they will yield from it.
But, these 11 million unauthorized immigrants are just like any other immigrant that took the risk to move to a different country with the hope of having a successful life. (In-text Citation) The only difference of them from other immigrants are proper
Over nine million Syrians alone have been displaced since 2011! If you took three people who originate from Syria, chances are, one of them has been displaced from their homes. Millions of people are attempting to escape the horrible terrorist groups located in Syria, and the strain on European countries to house refugees is endless, but, to put less stress on European countries, refugees can go to countries nearby to their home, paid for by European countries. The countless terrorist organizations in Afghanistan causes countless people to seek refuge in other countries, but this takes a enormous political and economic toll on various European countries. Even though opportunities lay within European countries, a problem exists with asylum seekers in the workforce and health services.
In a Gallup poll conducted, 63 percent of Americans said that immigration is a “good thing” for the country. But another poll conducted, found that 53 percent of Americans don’t want to accept any Syrian refugees. It shows that not only are the immigration offices stereotyping and producing the characteristics of these victims, but so are we. It was France who promised to take in 30,000 Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks ; it was America who implied ideals of hate and of fear towards these refugees after the Paris
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES [TO WHAT EXTENT SHOULD COUNTRIES BE MORALLY OBLIGATED TO GIVE ASYLUM TO REFUGEES?] AMITH SARANYU D.S 10 IGCSE DECCAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL “ Turning back boats full of people seeking asylum in their hour of need is not fair.” - Councilor Linda Scott. RATIONALE I chose this topic because I read an article on the Internet stating that the refugee crisis worldwide has displaced 60 million people from their homes since the end of World War II pushing asylum to their limits. That article stated the threat countries are facing as they are fleeing from countries like Syria and Iraq to places like Central America and Africa to seek asylum. I want to research whether countries should be morally obligated to give asylum to refugees.
Canada has been letting in refugees from all over the world, especially the refugees from Syria. Tons of these refugees are easily accepted and are not looked at properly. A refugee is someone who have fled their country due to prosecution, war or violence . Refugees in countries that are at war might not have any documents due to the fact that they probably escaped and didn’t have any time to gather their documents. Tons of these people have lost everything that were close to them including family and friends, homes etc.
There is currently a massively unprecedented refugee crisis happening, with more displaced people across the world than has ever been recorded. Every minute, 20 people are being displaced due to conflict or mistreatment, and many of these refugees do not find a permanent home for decades. Australia is one of the countries that ratified the Refugees Convention in 1954, and refugees flock to find a home in this beautiful country. In the past financial year, 24,162 humanitarian arrivals took place in Australia, of which 133,000 were actually new to the country. This does not include the amount of people that tried to enter the country by boat, as Australia does not allow refuge the those who try to enter their state unofficially.
In our current setting, the presence of refugees are prevalent in different parts of the world. A refugee is defined as someone who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons. On the one hand, international legal protection of refugees centres on a person laid down in the 1951 Refugee Convention under Article 1(A)2, the term “refugee” shall apply to any person who “ x x x owing to 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 or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality