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My name is Najeeba, and I came here by boat

My name is Najeeba, and I came here by boat | Refugees | Scoop.it
Najeeba Wazefadost came from Afghanistan to Australia after a dangerous boat journey 12 years ago. This is her story.
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U.S. Will Now Let in Thousands of Syrian Refugees

U.S. Will Now Let in Thousands of Syrian Refugees | Refugees | Scoop.it
World Events and the Bible WEB Notes: They will claim everyone has been screened, but the evil among them will most definitely creep in. We are an open borders nation that is destroying itself. (FP...

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Tamil Goodbye - Sri Lanka

Since the start of 2012 the number of Sri Lankan refugees - mostly Tamils - headed for Christmas Island has swelled. Are they fleeing persecution or merely o...
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Israel: Detained Asylum Seekers Pressured to Leave | Human ...

Israel: Detained Asylum Seekers Pressured to Leave | Human ... | Refugees | Scoop.it
Israeli authorities are threatening detained Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, including asylum seekers, with prolonged detention to pressure them to leave Israel, Human Rights Watch and the Hotline for Migrant Workers said ...
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UN 'Troubled' by Australia's New Policy on Asylum Seekers - New York Times

UN 'Troubled' by Australia's New Policy on Asylum Seekers - New York Times | Refugees | Scoop.it
Press TV UN 'Troubled' by Australia's New Policy on Asylum Seekers New York Times If they are found to be entitled to refugee status under the United Nations convention on refugees, they will be resettled there, but they forfeit any right to seek...
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Jordan: Obama Should Press King on Asylum Seeker Pushbacks ...

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Jordan is routinely and unlawfully rejecting Palestinian refugees, single males, and undocumented people seeking asylum at its border with Syria, said Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human ...
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Why these Somali refugees do not want to leave Kenya

Why these Somali refugees do not want to leave Kenya | Refugees | Scoop.it

"For millions of refugees across Africa life is a daily struggle.  Many dream of one day returning to their homeland while others have spent decades building a new life.  On World Refugee Day, BBC Focus on Africa's Anne Soy visits a Somali family in Nairobi, Kenya, who cannot imagine returning to their roots."


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 17, 2014 5:04 PM

No matter where you grow up, you form roots to your native land. Times are tough across the globe, especially for those living in Africa. While families plant their roots and look for ways to make things better, sometimes the best way is to leave. What makes people stay when their hometown roots are at rock bottom?

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:59 PM

Some people want to stay close to their heritage and native land. Others have no interest in their homelands and want to get away fast. This family doesn't know anything besides being refugees and they want to stay and build their lives there.

Kendra King's curator insight, April 27, 2015 12:39 PM

No one should have to be burdened with returning to a failed state, which is exactly what Somali is. As the main male figure in this clip mentioned, the conditions of the failed state he left 20 years ago has only gotten worse. It would make little sense for him or his family to return because there is no economic opportunity and no government stability. At least in Kenya, this family now has "a modest living." If this family were to return, the family would struggle to survive. If I were in their shoes, I would feel the same way. A decent standard of living is just as important as a safe community. For even though their is less violence to instantly kill people, starvation and disappear from lack of financial and governmental support would eventually prematurely kill people. So without either, I wouldn't return. Thus, I agree that the decision of a refugee to return should be left up to them as the reparation program between Kenya and Somali are currently doing.

 

Leaving ones country behind is still a tough choice. Abandoning the area increases "brain drain" and the man power to make the situation better. During our class on the Caribbean, it was mentioned that the government of countries facing these problems will try to attract their population back through incentives. In a failed state, the government isn't strong enough to incentivize people to come back. So, who does take care of this region? Someone with a great sense of duty to their country more than likely. For instance, Nelson Mandela was extremely smart and could easily have turned his back on the harsh conditions facing his country. Yet, he didn't and eventually become the leader needed to improve the standard of living in South Africa. Now I realize this was never a failed state, but their were still plenty of problems within the area that made staying harder that it should have been for the citizen of a country. So ultimately, the people who will have the greatest impact are those who have the sense of duty to their country. This isn't something every refugee will feel and as mentioned earlier, I can't blame them. It takes a rare selflessness and strong sense of courage that few people have.  For those that do though, their country will be indebted to them forever. 

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Huddled masses

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How heavy is the asylum-seeker burden? Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. IN A televised debate on August 11th...
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