What distinguishes refugees in africa from refugees elsewhere?

what are the differences between refugees in africa and refugees from the rest of world? what are the legal basis? what is done to help them?
nenette
Asked Dec 02, 2010
That is such a broad question that I'm not sure there's a distinct line between Africa and the rest of the world. Africa surely has many more refugees and the instance of genocide is much greater.

The distinctions between one group of displaced persons and another can best be made by the reasons they are not in their homeland. The legal basis depends on the degree to which they're accepted in the host country. Some lead a near normal life. Some are forced live in camps while others are hunted and killed. In many cases, the problem is more that there is no legal basis at all.

Some are transplanted because of natural events like drought and others from the fear of religous and political persecution. But that's the situation with refugees world-wide. The greatest distinction between Africa and the rest of the world is in the numbers and the ruthlessness of the way they're treated.

The answer to "what is done to help them?" is, not much. The U.N. and a lot of relief agencies have made a valiant effort but the sheer numbers and the political obstacles have prevented most efforts to change the situation.

Rob
Answered Dec 03, 2010

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