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Flowing Across Borders

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The practice of granting asylum to people fleeing persecution in foreign lands is one of the earliest hallmarks of civilization. References to it have been found in texts written 3,500 years ago, during the blossoming of the great early empires in the Middle East such as the Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians and ancient Egyptians.

Over three millennia later, protecting refugees was made the core mandate of the UN refugee agency, which was set up to look after refugees, specifically those waiting to return home at the end of World War II.

The 1951 Refugee Convention spells out that a refugee is someone 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 to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

Since then, UNHCR has offered protection and assistance to tens of millions of refugees, finding durable solutions for many of them. Global migration patterns have become increasingly complex in modern times, involving not just refugees, but also millions of economic migrants. But refugees and migrants, even if they often travel in the same way, are fundamentally different, and for that reason are treated very differently under modern international law.

Migrants, especially economic migrants, choose to move in order to improve the future prospects of themselves and their families. Refugees have to move if they are to save their lives or preserve their freedom. They have no protection from their own state – indeed it is often their own government that is threatening to persecute them. If other countries do not let them in, and do not help them once they are in, then they may be condemning them to death – or to an intolerable life in the shadows, without sustenance and without rights.

So, tell me you yours or countries closing their borders do not relate

Refugees and illegal migrants making their way from Greece to Macedonia to continue into EU Photo: AP Photos/ Sakis Mitrolidis   ref·u·gee
noun: refugee;
plural noun: refugees
a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
“tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes”

Urban Refugees

More than half the refugees UNHCR serves now live in urban areas

Prominent Refugees

An A-Z of refugee achievers around the world.

synonyms: émigré, fugitive, exile, displaced person, asylum seeker;

“collecting blankets for the refugees”

The people’s plan for Syria ~ Alice Jay – Avaaz

Russia just started airstrikes in Syria, escalating the conflict. It’s time to launch a People’s plan for Syria to end the suffering:

1) Stop the indiscriminate bombing with an aerial exclusion zone,

2) Devise a global refugee plan, and

3) Get governments that are fuelling and funding the war to talk. It is viable and it is urgent. Sign up now, and tell everyone:

sign now

Call Tom Cotton at 202-224-2353202-224-2353 ~~ Jon Soltz, VoteVets.org

VoteVets.orga repost

Since General Eaton’s letter, over 30,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters have signed our petition expressing their disappointment with Tom Cotton’s mutinous letter to Iran’s leaders.

Now he needs to hear your voice.

Call Senator Cotton’s D.C. office at 202-224-2353 and let him know that you support a diplomacy-first approach to disabuse Iran of their nuclear ambitions. Report on your call when it’s complete.

A few very important notes:

1. If you’re a veteran or military family member, please be sure to indicate that when you begin the conversation.

2. Be brief, polite, and courteous when you call. You’re probably talking to a hard-working staff member and others are trying to call, many with local concerns.

3. Above all else, make sure you let the staffer know you disapprove of Senator Cotton’s letter and that you’ll be following this issue with interest.

Thanks for making the call,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman

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