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We Are Refugees by @empoweredpres


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The Syrian refugee situation, has become one of the biggest humanitarian crisis’ in the last decade. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. We see it on tv. We read about it in the news…but do we understand who and what a refugee is?

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We Are Refugees by @empoweredpres

  1. we are refugees
  2. The Syrian refugee situation, has become one of the in the last decade. biggest humanitarian crisis’
  3. Syrians have fled their homes since the 2011. An estimated 9 million outbreak of civil war in March
  4. we watch on tv
  5. we read in the news…
  6. But do we understand who and what a refugee is? But do we understand refugees are?whatand who
  7. expect refugees to look like this… Many
  8. And get when we see images like this. baffled
  9. It’s easy to view images and get confused.
  10. So who as refugees?qualifies
  11. 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 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 and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it… A refugee is: ” -1951 United Nations Refugee Convention ”
  12. war criminals. guilty of committing serious non-political crimes. guilty of acts contrary to the purpose and principles of the united nations. refugees cannot be:
  13. 1951 united nations refugee convention (aka the “geneva convention”). This is the definition agreed upon at the
  14. This decree was enacted when hundreds of thousands of war refugees were displaced from all across Europe. World War II,after
  15. In 1967, the treaty was amended to include refugees from around the world.
  16. Over the past several decades, 142 states have signed on to both the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 protocol.
  17. The Geneva Convention treaty also defines who is NOT a refugee.
  18. An internally displaced person An IDP is a person who has been forced to flee his or her home for the same reason as a refugee, but remains in his or her own country and has not crossed an international border.” - UNHCR A refugee is not: ”
  19. Refugees are protected by international law and eligible to receive aid. An internationally displaced person is not.
  20. An asylum seeker A stateless person is someone who is not a citizen of any country. A refugee is not:
  21. Asylum seekers are first evaluated in order to obtain refugee status.
  22. they can be sent back to their home countries. If an asylum seeker is judged to not be in need of international protection,
  23. A forced migrant A refugee is not: A person leaving not due to persecution, but because of natural disasters (drought, floods, earthquakes…)
  24. A person leaving their country due to economic reasons. Even when leaving extreme poverty. A refugee is not: An economic migrant
  25. but why does the definition of a refugee matter?
  26. Because, as a refugee you are given certain rights:
  27. “non-refoulment” refugees cannot be forced to return to his or her home country. refugee rights:
  28. illegally entering countries that are signed to the treaty. refugee rights: the right to not be punished for
  29. the right to housing. refugee rights:
  30. refugee rights: the right to work.
  31. refugee rights: access to an education.
  32. access to public assistance. refugee rights:
  33. freedom of movement within the territory. refugee rights:
  34. The right to obtain identification and travel documents. refugee rights:
  35. A refugee becomes entitled to other rights the longer they remain in the host country.
  36. refugees? so who are these
  37. men are refugees.
  38. refugees are women. women are refugees.
  39. children are refugees.
  40. a refugee is not defined by appearance.
  41. they are not defined by race.
  42. what they are fleeing. they are defined by
  43. accepting refugees for countries
  44. the fear is that with the refugees…
  45. will follow. violence
  46. Those tasked with approving or rejecting asylum seekers, the job is even more difficult.
  47. Screening is imperfect.
  48. Honesty is not guaranteed.
  49. Making it difficult to judge who we can trust.
  50. for us living with the safety these refugees seek,…
  51. will our moral obligation to help fellow humans…
  52. prevail over our fears?