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Archive for May 19th, 2008

Refugees International’s 2003 plan for internally displaced persons in Iraq

Posted by Judy K. Warner on May 19, 2008

In August 2003, I recently learned, there were 900,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Most of them had been displaced while Saddam Hussein was in power, from a variety of causes.  In that month, which was soon after the U.S. overthrew Saddam, Refugees International published a report called “The Many Causes of Internal Displacement in Central and Northern Iraq: Consequences and Recommendations.” This was, of course, before the terrible chaos that has only recently been dealt with by the surge and the change in our strategy. However, the recommendations still seem appropriate and I wonder if Refugees International is still pushing them. Here they are: 

  • Provide equitable assistance to all IDPs, no matter what the reasons are for their displacement.
  • Devise a strategy for return and reintegration and publicize it widely.  Even if the strategy is provisional, it should be shared with all Iraqis and its preliminary nature explained to the public at large.
  • Provide IDPs returning to their homes of origin or who voluntarily relocate to other areas permanently with food assistance, potable water, health care and financial assistance for resettlement-related needs for at least one year or until they are able to support their families.
  • Provide agricultural assistance in the form of seeds, fertilizer, tools and farm machinery to IDPs who return to farm their land and guarantee returnee farmers that they will legally own what they harvest.
  • Organize the provision of psycho-social counseling to those IDPs who were forcefully removed from their homes.  Successful reintegration for IDPs depends not only on satisfying physical needs, but also dealing with the trauma that they have experienced.
  • Establish a commission to investigate and redress major injustices suffered by IDPs, including loss of property and violations of basic human rights. 
  • Guarantee IDPs returning to oil-rich areas such as Kirkuk and Mosul an equitable percentage of jobs in the oil industry.
  • Ensure that areas to which IDPs return have been cleared of unexploded ordinance.
  • Ensure that local government officials implement the return and reintegration plans equitably. Establish a special commission or national government body to review and evaluate implementation efforts.
  • Ensure that IDPs are represented on local, regional and national government councils.  Power-sharing arrangements must be balanced to avoid exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions that will create instability.

Posted in Iraqi refugees | 1 Comment »

Rubenstein report: Immigrants cost the the American economy big time

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 19, 2008

Your tax dollars:

Early in April we reported on a study of the cost of immigration to the American economy.  I had meant to follow up on Economist Edwin Rubenstein’s work and give you links for further edification.    Thanks to a reader for reminding me this morning.

Go to the Social Contract Journal here for all the titles in this massive study. 

Here is one bit in the section on refugee resettlement in the report on the US State Department that you might have seen before but is worth citing again today just as the US Senate considers amnesty for illegal farm workers.

These numbers apply to the majority of refugees resettled in the US, because most are uneducated.  

The fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget contains $774 million for “Migration and Refugee Assistance”—up from $750 million the prior year.

The lion’s share of the public costs associated with refugees occurs at the state and local level, where refugees are eligible for a wide array of social programs and benefits—including access to public education.

In recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Robert Rector estimated the fiscal deficit of households headed by immigrants who lack a high school diploma—a reasonable proxy for refugees. Cite. Rector finds that the average uneducated immigrant household:

Receives $30,164 in government benefits

Pays $10,573 in government taxes

Generates a fiscal deficit of $19,588 ($30,164 less $10,573)

So it costs us, the American citizen, nearly $20,000  per refugee to supply cheap labor to big companies like Tyson’s Food, Swift and Co., and even the likes of Sealy Mattress.

Note:  I’m filing this in our category entitled “where to find information.”

Posted in Refugee Resettlement Program, Where to find information | 2 Comments »

Quiz: What Asian country is driving out Muslims?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 19, 2008

There is a lot of talk these days about halting all immigration of Muslims to the West.  Here is an article at New English Review by Hugh Fitzgerald suggesting that is a measure we should consider, but the politically correct multiculturalists in the United States would have a cow.  They are agitating for more Muslims not less.

That suggestion of halting immigration and the other measures put forth by Fitzgerald are mild compared to what one country is doing.

We’ve written about the rise in Ethnic Nationalism here and here

Now comes one country that is taking this concept to the max.    What follows is a list of policies one government has put in place.   You guess the country!

 The government is:

1. Forcibly closing all mosques and madrassas

2. Prohibiting the construction of new mosques and not allowing repairs to old ones

3.  Jailing those who do attempt to repair mosques

4.  Making religious congregation difficult

5.  Forcing Muslims to build religious buildings for another faith

6.  Requiring Muslims to get permission to marry.  They also must shave their beard and agree to having only two children.

Have you guessed it yet? 

The government is the military junta that controls Burma (Myanmar).

The above is from testimony given by Chris Lewa (scroll down for bio) in December of last year speaking before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (a government body we need to learn more about).  She says the policies are driving the Rohingya out of Burma and and causing radicalization: 

The resentment spread by these policies combined with sheer poverty are conducive to radicalisation. They have also lead to the continuous movements of Rohingya out of Burma to Bangladesh as well as through Bangladesh by boat to Thailand and Malaysia, thus becoming a regional problem. Therefore, U.S. policy makers should consider the unique situation of the Rohingya in formulating U.S. policy to promote human rights.

She recommends two things the US can do, the first is send more money to the United Nations for the Rohingya in Burma:

The U.S. government should provide more financial support for humanitarian action inside Burma, particularly for the UNHCR and the WFP. 

And, finally the durable solution (remember that buzz word), bring them to the United States: 

The U.S. has generously resettled a large number of Burmese refugees from Thailand and Malaysia. Unfortunately, the Rohingya have been excluded from the U.S. resettlement programs so far. Resettling Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and Malaysia should be considered as a durable humanitarian solution promoted by the U.S.

That’s right get the Rohingya to the US, put them to work in a meatpacking plant and living in a lousy apartment in a lousy neighborhood and they will magically give up all thoughts of Islamic supremacy.  Fire up the magic melting pot.

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