US and the issue of refugees

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People suffering in foreign countries are working to obtain a refugee status. However, only one percent will be able to resettle. The question that will determine their success in obtaining aid or resettlement is: why are they fleeing these countries and what is the United States current doing to help the refugees of these nations? The definition of a refugee excludes many people that are in need of resettlement.

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Even with these exclusions there is a huge population that falls into the recognized definition. The United States can only do so much to help the mass number of refugees who are fleeing conflict from all over the world. The most effective way for a country with the influence of the United States of America to help refugees, would be to neutralize the conflict rather than providing temporary solutions.

Where are these people fleeing from? Based on statistics from UNHCR 68% of all refugees are from only 5 nations. These nations are as follows Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Somalia. The sheer fact that most refugees come from one these five countries poses the question of why they are fleeing? These refugees are fleeing from civil war; a battle between government and rebel forces causing many people to be harmed in the process. Unfortunately, this is a battle that usually is not resolved without third party mediation and once it is resolved, conditions from the conflict may prevent a safe return for refugees. One example of this occured in Syria due to the fact that there is no good side of this battle. Both opponents in this conflict are willing to sacrifice humanitarianism for personal gain. One end of the civil war is a government who is willing to use chemical warfare on its people regardless of their association with the rebels, while the other side, the rebels or ISIS are willing to chop heads off anyone who threatens their religious beliefs.

What is America doing to help these Refugees? Well with the new President the numbers for how many refugees went down sharply. This is partly due to the Trump travel ban. Numbers are at a staggering 15,000 refugees who will be resettled into the us. This was a great shift from the Obama administration. In 2017 Obama had promised 110,000 refugees to be resettled, but due to increased threats of terrorist attack Trump has put a ban up.

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