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Refugee footprint 

“Hysteria and hypocrisy walk in the footsteps of refugees and migrants. The paranoia of wealthy countries is deeply ironic. Their carbon intensive lifestyles are driving global warming, which is likely to become the largest single factor forcing people to flee their homes around the world.”
Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation. 

refugeesMillions leave their footprints behind

Every day across the world people make the difficult decision to leave their home, families’, possessions and connections with their local community and walk away to an uncertain and often frightening future elsewhere.
 
Refugees leave their homes and their country because they have no other choice. They are forced out by factors such as war, persecution, natural disasters, environmental crises and poverty. They may also leave because their government will not or cannot protect them from serious human rights abuses or meet their needs. Whatever the reason, refugees leave their homes because they fear for their own life or safety, or that of their family.
 
Many refugees leave their homes suddenly and are able to take very few if any of their possessions with them. Sometimes they face many days of travel, with little food and in fear of their lives. If they do get to safety, they then rely on the people living in the area they have fled to; these people often have few resources to share and may not welcome the new arrivals.
 
The United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees came into force as long ago as 1951.
Initially the Convention was used to protect European refugees after World War II, but in 1967 the Convention was expanded as the problem of displaced people spread around the world.

The Convention lays down basic minimum standards for the treatment of refugees. Article 1 of the Convention also defines a refugee as, “A person who is outside his or her country of nationality…; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to… return there for fear of persecution”.

The Convention goes on to outline a refugee’s rights including such things as freedom of religion and movement, the right to work, education and travel documents. It makes clear that refugees should not be returned to a country where they fear persecution. In return refugees are expected to respect the laws and regulations of the country they stay in.


Refugees and human rights

The issue of Human Rights is central to refugee status. People only become refugees because one or more of their basic human rights are abused. Many are victims of war, political, religious and other forms of persecution. In the chaos and confusion of fleeing their homes to try and find safety in another country, most refugees lose virtually all their rights as well as their material possessions. Many also lose their families and friends.
 
Every refugee has the right to safe asylum. Refugees should be granted the same rights and basic help as any other foreigner who is a legal resident, including freedom of thought and of movement as well as economic and social rights, e.g. access to medical care, to education and to work.
 
Child refugees are particularly vulnerable and often have their rights denied. There are an estimated 12 million child refugees in the world. These children are particularly at risk: they often become separated from family and there is the risk they will be mistreated. Some become recruited to fight, or are abused, exploited or forced to work in dangerous environments.
 
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child grants special protection to refugee children (article 22). Refugee children who are not being cared for by their parents are entitled to further protection. Refugee children fleeing war are also entitled to special protection (article 38). Like all children, refugees are entitled to all other rights granted under the Convention including the rights to life, adequate food and medical care, education, and to be free from discrimination, exploitation, and abuse.
 
For information on the Convention click on the link on the right hand side of this page -> or visit www.unicef.org/crc

Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 and nearly 190 countries have signed up to them. The goals are international targets for reducing global poverty.
 
They aim to lift around 500 million people out of poverty by the year 2015. If this happens, fewer women will die in childbirth, fewer people will die from treatable diseases, many more boys and girls will go to school and the lives of millions of people will improve dramatically.
 
The MDGs and targets apply equally to refugees and internally displaced people as they do to others, though the basic rights of these people often fall short of those of local populations.

For more information on Millennium Development Goals, visit www.un.org/millenniumgoals