'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
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A more gentle refugee footprint

There are three ways in which life for refugees and asylum seekers can be made better. Firstly, governments in both rich and poor countries need to consider the policies and actions which are forcing people to leave their homes. Direct and indirect responsibility for some of the most serious armed conflicts and resulting refugee movements are due to the actions of Western governments. For example, the US invasion of Iraq has caused an estimated four million Iraqis to flee their homes within four years.
 
Secondly, the way those seeking safety in another country are treated needs to be improved. For example, thousands of asylum seekers in the UK are being forced into poverty and misery because they are not allowed to work while they wait to see if they are granted refugee status. Refused asylum seekers are left homeless, hungry and without hope; they cannot legally stay in the UK, but nor will they return home for fear of persecution. What is needed is financial support and accommodation for refused asylum seekers and permission to work until they have left the UK or have been granted refugee status. They also need to be allowed full access to health care and education while they are in the UK.
 
Thirdly, richer countries should seek to take a more equal share and care of the global refugee population. The poorest parts of the world, and therefore those countries with the least resources to offer, actually host the greatest number of refugees: Africa and Asia have 60% of the world’s refugees between them; the UK has just 3%.
 
Linked to this is the increasing number of environmental refugees. Climate change could displace many millions of people due to increased storms and rising sea levels, particularly in highly-populated coastal and low-lying regions. Given that climate change is being driven by the lifestyles of rich western countries, developing countries face a moral obligation to share in the protection of these environmental refugees.