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UNHCR recommends measures for strengthening security and refugee protection

Flag of United Nations Refugee AgencyUNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards to whom quoted text may be attributed on 18 December 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva released guidance aimed at helping States deal with security concerns while maintaining vital standards of refugee protection.

2015 was a horrible year for millions of people who had to leave their own habitat, trying to find places where they could find some peace. The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide will far surpass a record 60 million this year.

With almost a million people having crossed the Mediterranean as refugees and migrants so far this year, and conflicts in Syria and elsewhere continuing to generate staggering levels of human suffering, 2015 is likely to exceed all previous records for global forced displacement, the UN Refugee Agency warned in a new report today.

The global refugee total, which a year ago was 19.5 million, had as of mid-2015 passed the 20 million threshold (20.2 million) for the first time since 1992. Asylum applications meanwhile were up 78 per cent (993,600) over the same period in 2014. And the numbers of internally displaced people jumped by around 2 million to an estimated 34 million.

The report by the United Nations refugee agency says one in every 122 humans today is someone who has been forced to flee their homes.

It notes that the figure includes 20.2 million refugees, the highest total since 1992.

The report says the numbers were mainly driven by the Syrian war, conflict in Ukraine and other protracted conflicts.

Persian Gulf states, which were not a party to the 1951 treaty, have not accepted refugees despite sharing a common language and geographic proximity in the Arabian Peninsula. Lebanon meanwhile hosts more refugees compared to its population size than any other country, with 209 refugees per 1000 inhabitants. And Ethiopia pays most in relation to the size of its economy with 469 refugees for every dollar of GDP (per capita, at PPP). Overall, the lion’s share of the global responsibility for hosting refugees continues to be carried by countries immediately bordering zones of conflict, many of them in the developing world. The United States (and Canada) has limited Syrian refugees to about 1500 since that country’s war broke out in 2011. However, the United States has provided more than $4 billion in humanitarian aid and almost one-third of the more than $574 million provided for the refugees. Reshaping the Middle East Exact numbers on population shifts are difficult to determine because of the chaos in both Syria and Iraq. While some four million Syrians have fled the country, another 6 to 7 million have been internally displaced.

“Forced displacement is now profoundly affecting our times. It touches the lives of millions of our fellow human beings both those forced to flee and those who provide them with shelter and protection,”

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said.

“Never has there been a greater need for tolerance, compassion and solidarity with people who have lost everything,”

he added.

Nearly 2.5 million asylum seekers have requests pending, with Germany, Russia and the United States receiving the highest numbers of the nearly one million new claims lodged in the first half of the year.

Currently, with growing polarization of political debate concerning refugees in some countries, the concern is that asylum-seekers and refugees could be victimized, and refugee protection which has saved the lives of millions of people since World War Two could be endangered.

Two important points to bear in mind here are that refugees are themselves fleeing persecution and violence, often including terrorist acts; and that the 1951 Refugee Convention explicitly excludes people who are combatants or who have committed serious crimes.

For us it is very difficult to know if between the refugees are also fighters or infiltrators. Lots of people are afraid that Muslim fundamentalists may also enter our regions that way. But this would be most likely. The conditions how the refugees enter our regions is so bad that the Muslim fundamentalists can use much better and more safely way to enter our countries.

With border controls, UNHCR understands the need of States to identify security concerns at the point of entry, for example through increased checks, including the use of biometrics such as fingerprints and iris scans. Its recommendations include practical guidance on ensuring that these and other measures are carried out properly and proportionately and subject to judicial control, and avoiding discrimination, for example based on nationality, race, ethnicity, or religion. Applications for asylum must be looked at individually.

With cases involving the exclusion of people for serious criminal or terrorist acts, the paper of the UNHCR recommends that a factual and legal assessment be done, if needed, by specialized exclusion units. Guidance is provided on this and related measures, including handling of extradition requests, and detention. It also notes that people providing funds to terrorist organizations could themselves be excluded from refugee status, depending on the individual circumstances.

Registration is a crucial part of the refugee protection process, and UNHCR believes that proper systems for this, plus identity and security screening are essential including in situations of large-scale refugee influxes. As refugees are people at risk of their lives, information-sharing between States has to be done in line with established principles and standards on data protection.

Resettlement and other forms of admission remain a key tool for providing refugees with safety and a solution to their plight. In light of today’s record number of forcibly displaced people globally some 60 million the paper makes the point that it is more crucial than ever that resettlement and other forms of admission remain viable and effective options for the international community in dealing with refugees.

Resettlement programmes are handled between UNHCR and receiving States, which in many cases invoke far tougher screening than for almost any other form of admission to a country. Nonetheless, and to assuage concerns, UNHCR’s recommendations include support for continuing security screening not least as effective resettlement programmes provide a regular and safe alternative to dangerous sea and other journeys that not only put refugee lives at risk, but also profit smugglers and make the jobs of border security forces even more difficult.

Arguably the biggest risk for any environment of insecurity is that of increasing xenophobia and vilification directed towards people fleeing violent conflicts. The paper calls on States to exert continued resolute leadership in de-dramatizing and de-politicizing the challenges associated with managing refugee flows.

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Children of Men

It is very easy to find a scapegoat. When terrorists shock the population many politician get an extra weapon in their hand to help them in their particular course, to perform their already preconceived plan.

Islamic fundamentalists are not afraid to kill other Muslims and enjoy the fear they can bring over man. those giving in to that fear make the terrorists win in their aims.

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Last Friday night, Paris attacked by three cells affiliated with the terrorist organization ISIS => country’s worst wave of violence since World War II.

Source: Gregorio Borgia/The AP

  • many GOP presidential candidates intensified their rhetoric for the U.S. => cease accepting Syrian refugees.
  • Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio + Ted Cruz called for a halt to accepting Syrian refugees.
  • leading GOP candidate Donald Trump told refugees could be ISIS >migration >Trump has seen > all men = all strong-looking guys > not that many women.

UN Refugee Agency, over half of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registered Syrian refugees = female (50.2% as of this writing).

Nearly 40% of the refugees = under the age of 12.

 

  • Trump’s “take in 250,000 from Syria” = higher from 10,000 Syrian refugees White House would accept

That the United States has a far more superior security process in place than that of Europe may be that with such an amount of people entering Europe, it is nearly impossible to have straight ahead a thorough check. they must account or hope for a next and better control when those refugees enter their new domicile.

0111For United States of America: Before entering the country > refugees must have an in-person interview with a Department of Homeland Security representative, pass security checks + a medical exam (including testing for tuberculosis = can take possibly 8 weeks) => can take up to 24 months before process completed for a refugee to even be allowed in the .

very expensive screening procedures for all Syrian refugees who have come to the United States + very careful vetting process (including intelligence community, national Counterterrorism Center, Department of Homeland Security).

  • Dealing with people who’ve suffered horrors of war, women,children, orphans => can’t just shut our doors to those people => sort out how to focus on terrorists to keep out of the country

 

We can’t make the mistake of identifying refugees as very terrorist threat they are running from.

 

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Preceding articles:

Paris Attack and Ranting

Problematic Or Patriotic? Two Ways To Talk About Muslims

Migration not something to fear

What we don’t say about the refugee crisis?

Human tragedy need to be addressed at source

Real progress leaves nobody behind

Spike In Anti-Muslim Attacks Casts Spotlight On Government Policies

Don’t be Muslim

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Additional reading:

  1. Between Alpha and Omega – The plan of creation
  2. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  3. Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
  4. Europe and much-vaunted bastions of multiculturalism becoming No God Zones
  5. Is ISIS a product of American in-action or a product of direct action
  6. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  7. Paris attacks darkening the world
  8. A sleeper cell of militants was said directing attackers sent back to France from Islamic State’s de-facto capital in Raqqa, Syria
  9. Refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and created fear
  10. Islamic State pushing at an open door to divide Europeans
  11. Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam key suspect Paris terrorist attacks
  12. Massive police operation in northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
  13. Islamophobic hate crimes rise in UK following terror attacks
  14. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  15. Trump brand of migrant demonization #2
  16. Are people willing to take the responsibility for others
  17. Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before
  18. Asylum seekers crisis and Europe’s paralysis

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Further reading:

  1. How the terror attacks in Paris unfolded
  2. Paris attacks: Suicide bomber identified; ISIS claims responsibility for 129 dead
  3. The Paris attacks: What we know now
  4. Paris terror: Video captures terrified customers fleeing café amid fears of another attack
  5. Salah Abdeslam: Police stopped Paris attack suspect near Belgian border hours after killings – but let him go
  6. Salah Abdeslam: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  7. After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped through police dragnet
  8. Brussels Connection Under Spotlight After Paris Killings
  9. The Nihilistic Assaults On Paris – OpEd
  10. Paris attacks: Anonymous launches its ‘biggest operation ever’ against Isis, promises to ‘hunt down’ attackers
  11. Paris attacks: How the minute’s silence was held around the world
  12. Socio-Political Ethics In Islam And The West: A Comparative Perspective
  13. Search continues for Paris attack suspect as France launches airstrikes on Islamic State targets
  14. Paris on edge as panic erupts among crowds of mourners
  15. Paris attacks: Isis threatens strike on US capital in ‘new video’ – live
  16. Suspected terrorist cells in 2 European countries raided; 2 killed
  17. US, French Defense Ministers Discuss Campaign Against Islamic State
  18. The Nihilistic Assaults On Paris – OpEd
  19. Ordinary peace-loving person tries to make sense of terrorism
  20. The Liberal Islam Problem
  21. The France theater Attacks
  22. Paris attacks: What we know so far about the victims
  23. In Photos: As France mourns, Europe holds moment of silence in honour of Paris victims
  24. Post About it, Be About it: thoughts on social media activism
  25. Terrorists Infiltrated Europe Disguised as Refugees
  26. The Islamic State’s trap for Europe
  27. Paris attacks could shift US presidential race
  28. Syria’s civil war now Europe’s war after Paris attacks
  29. US, French Defense Ministers Discuss Campaign Against Islamic State
  30. The Nihilistic Assaults On Paris – OpEd
  31. Ordinary peace-loving person tries to make sense of terrorism
  32. The Liberal Islam Problem
  33. The France theater Attacks
  34. Paris attacks: What we know so far about the victims
  35. In Photos: As France mourns, Europe holds moment of silence in honour of Paris victims
  36. Post About it, Be About it: thoughts on social media activism
  37. Terrorists Infiltrated Europe Disguised as Refugees
  38. Reuters: Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries
  39. Making ☮ : Where does the peace symbol come from?
  40. Paris, Pussies And Pinterest
  41. A Moment of Silence
  42. Passport found near Paris suicide bomber shows few security checks exist for migrants in the Balkans
  43. Facebook defends using Safety Check after Paris attacks
  44. “We The People Speak” Marketing Campaign
  45. When Compassion Imperils our Security
  46. TV Quiberon 24/7 WORLD – Minute’s silence for Paris victims
  47. I’m with you
  48. Celebrities mourn Nick Alexander, merch manager killed in Paris attack
  49. Anonymous declares war on Islamic State after Paris attacks
  50. BidenJam Returns: Lame-Duck VP Brings L.A. Road Closures Monday & Tuesday
  51. A Message About The Paris Attacks, And Also Peace
  52. French fighter jets bomb ISIL capital in Syria as ‘massive’ retaliation for Paris attacks
  53. Make no mistake, the Paris attacks were a result of Religious Fundamentalism
  54. Paris attacks deepen Republican opposition to Syrian refugee influx
  55. On the attacks in Paris.
  56. Disturbing comparisons
  57. Investigation on Paris attacks continues as authorities look for suspects
  58. Feelings on Refugees, Post-Paris Attacks
  59. The other side
  60. So many women stand waiting behind fences…
  61. Hello from the other side…
  62. The Migration of the Irish to Newport in the 1800’s.
  63. America, the Not So Promised Land – The New York Times
  64. Walter Noteboom’s Emigration Record from the Netherlands
  65. San Marino and Paris
  66. Beach Bound
  67. Poll: Third of Jewish Israelis favor urging Arab Israeli emigration
  68. The Feld family – part two
  69. Dithane and Doodlebugs
  70. Jews Leave Europe as Arab-Muslims arrive
  71. Armenia’s independence generation
  72. Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again!
  73. Moving Home, Moving On
  74. Looking for emigrants from the Rhineland?
  75. I Need to share…

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Drinks and Wings

Last Friday night, Paris was attacked by three cells affiliated with the terrorist organization ISIS, resulting in the country’s worst wave of violence since World War II.

As we learn more of the tragic events and the perpetrators themselves, many of the GOP presidential candidates intensified their rhetoric for the U.S. to cease accepting Syrian refugees.

The candidates’ comments blur the line between what you would expect from a presidential nominee and memes your crazy uncle posts on Facebook.

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