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Refugee Information


Who is considered a refugee?

  • Any person who is outside the country of their nationality, and is unable to return to their country
  • Any person unable to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on:
    • race
    • religion
    • nationality
    • membership in a particular social group, or of a particular political opinion

Who decides who the refugee is?                                                                 

  • UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, known as the UN) conducts interviews to decide if a person should be granted refugee status.
  • UNHCR seeks to find what it calls a durable solution for any refugee situation. There are three durable solutions:

                  1) Voluntary repatriation to the home country

                  2) Integration into asylum

                  3) Resettlement in a third country, such as the U.S.

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