Asylum Seekers

Graduating From Asylum-seeker To Refugee

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There are three families here that just attained to the coveted ‘refugee’ status through the UNHCR.  They want their identities protected. Did you know that there is a process by which one ‘graduates’ from ‘asylum-seeker’ to ‘refugee’ ? Most people would hate to called a ‘refugee’, with all it implies.  But for asylum-seekers in Thailand […]

Asylum Seekers

Going Back

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Arriving to the airport in the immigration paddy wagon   I saw off an asylum-seeking family yesterday that returned to Pakistan.  I had the privilege of riding with them to the airport in the immigration van that took them.  The father had been in the Bangkok Immigration Detention Center for 19 months and finally decided […]

Asylum Seekers

Who Are Asylum Seekers?

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Asylum seekers are talented.  Some have skills to make fine furniture like this, but their talents and abilities go unrecognized.   Who are the asylum seekers we are helping?     If you are familiar with the Love Movement’s story, then you know that we got involved helping asylum seekers through a contact made by […]

Asylum Seekers

The Case For Canada

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By Created by E Pluribus Anthony / User:Mzajac [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In the UN process, asylum seekers must pass through a series of steps that hopefully lead them to freedom in a third country.  First, they apply to the UNHCR as asylum seekers.  Then they wait (normally over a year) for an interview […]

Asylum Seekers

A Lot Are Going Back To Pakistan Now

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Example of UNHCR ID card.  The UNHCR collects these cards from those whose asylum cases are closed.     A lot of Pakistani asylum seekers that have been in Bangkok are going back to Pakistan now because they are out of choices.  The UNHCR has refused them and then denied their appeal and subsequently closed […]