The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 79.5. million people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2018. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
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Who is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who flees their home country and cannot return because of persecution, or a well-founded fear of persecution, on account of race, religion, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Is a refugee and asylum seeker the same?
No. A refugee may be called an asylum seeker until granted asylee status by the state to which they have fled for safety or by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Are refugees dangerous?
Refugees are not dangerous; they are the ones fleeing danger. They come to our shores fully vetted and documented, often traumatized and bereft of loved ones. Refugees are screened under the strictest inter-agency security process ever devised, which includes registration and data collection by the UNHCR; interviews and data cross-referencing through the Department of State; security checks through the National Counterterrorism Center, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State, and others; a DHS interview; biometric security checks; medical checks; and a cultural orientation.
Is refugee resettlement bipartisan?
Refugee resettlement has historically enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Presidents of all parties have repeatedly affirmed the value of admitting refugees and how it reflects our core American values.