Saturday, May 13, 2017

Korea Rejects Refugees

Korea, like most of its Asian neighbors, rejects refugees, especially Muslim refugees.  One cannot find Syria, Afghani, Iraqi, and Somali refugees among the Ice People of North East Asia, or for that matter in Southeast Asia as well.  No Syrians in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos.  Now few would want to go to Laos or Cambodia, but there are a few in Malaysia and Indonesia, mostly seeking to get to Australia or New Zealand.  There are a small number in Thailand, but also unwelcome.

However, Koreans reject Muslims and others, quite wisely, as do the Japanese.

South Korea and Japan have been reluctant to take in refugees from Syria.
Since 1994, 1,144 Syrians have requested asylum in South Korea, but refugee status has been granted to only three, government figures show.
As of October 2016, Japan had taken in just six Syrian refugees. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters in 2015 that the country needed to “look after its own.”
“Both Japan and South Korea are relatively wealthy societies that could afford to provide resettlement assistance to refugees,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division. “There is a reluctance to have refugees become a part of that society.”
Ahmed Lababidi, a 23-year-old Syrian who lives on South Korea’s Jeju Island, an hour flight south of Seoul, was rejected for asylum. He told VOA News that the local immigration office informed him that fleeing war is not grounds by itself for refugee status in South Korea.
“They just say you are not a refugee,” he said the official told him. “Because it’s just war, you can stay here, but not as a refugee.”
[South Korea, Japan Balk At Admitting Syrian Refugees, World Tribune, February 2, 2017]

Syrians, and other Muslims are rejected because of the threat they pose, not only of terrorism, but rape.

“Judging by what we see in Europe, we would prefer to protect our women, rather than potentially place them at risk,” the official said.

Which is a wise policy given the Muslim proclivity to rape.  While Europeans and Brits submit to Muslim rape culture, Hong Kongese fight back:

The Cultural Marxist are on the proverbial warpath with Korea over the issue:

Robertson said South Korea’s humanitarian visas are an “artificial category” that “gives less rights” to asylum seekers, noting that Japan, too, has come under similar criticism in regard to its refugee policy.
An official at South Korea’s Ministry of Justice, who asked not to be named per office rules, said all asylum applications are “evaluated fairly” and consideration is given based on the circumstances in their home country as well as evidence of persecution.
Robertson said that South Korea’s policies toward Syrian or other asylum seekers stand in stark contrast to its generous resettlement program for North Korean defectors. He said it is hypocritical for Seoul to call on other nations to protect North Korean escapees when it does not offer the same treatment to refugees within its own borders.

Robertson doesn't realize that Norks are not refugees in Korea, as the Republic of Korea (ROK) does not recognize the division of Korea nor that they are aliens.  Norks are recognized as citizens of the ROK and included in the principle that the Korean nation extends beyond the 38 parallel to the legally recognized international boundaries with China and Russia.  And the division of Korea was at the hands of Red China and the Soviet Union, with North Korea being illegally occupied by puppet government.  So the Cultural Marxist complaint is just plain wrong.

Wisely, the Koreans don't see a civil war as being a reason for refugee status.

South Korea’s Ministry of Justice confirmed on Feb. 2 that “civil war is not sufficient grounds for granting refugee status,” The Korea Observer reported.

This is correct legally under the UN Convention On The Status Of Refugees, permanent resettlement is not required and defines refugees as those fleeing persecution, not mere war or other event, such as a natural disaster.

A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
[What Is A Refugee, UNHCR Website]

The key here is establishing a well founded fear of persecution, not mere danger from war or other event.

This is reflected in American refugee and asylee law, but not honored in its practice.  In general, despite a requirement for persecution, the U.S. admits as a refugee anyone fleeing war or claiming, without establishing a well founded fear, persecution.

 (A) person who is outside any country of such person's nationality or, in  the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion[.]
[Immigration and Nationality Act, USCIS Website]

Fleeing the random violence of a civil war does not meet the definition of persecution, either for international law or American law.  It is time that the United States follows the lead of Japan and Korea, and stops the admission of fraudulent refugees from Syria and other Muslim countries.  The only refugees from Muslim countries should be Christians and other religious minorities who are the victims of Muslim persecution.

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