What exactly is a 'Refugee'?

Who is a refugee?
The UNHCR states “who are outside their country of nationality or habitual residence and unable to return there owing to serious and indiscriminate threats to life, physical integrity or freedom resulting from generalized violence or events seriously disturbing public order.”
What is the problem?
The refugees can’t obviously stay in their own contries and hence need a new home. The problem is…no other country would accept them.
Why is this a problem?
Imagine having to move from your own home and having nowhere to go even if you could work hard and provide the money for it. Seems like a problem, doesn’t it?
How can I help?
There are various ways in which you can help with the cause. The very first and the most important step is to get aware of the problem.



of the refugees are under the age of 18.

At the end of 2013, there were


16.7 Mil.


refugees worldwide.

In 2011, there were roughly


26.4 Million


people displaced internally by conflict.

A total of




individual applications for asylum or refugee status were submitted to governments and UNHCR offices in




countries. Roughly




of these requests were fulfilled.

What's the hold up?

  • If you are a refugee

    First you apply through the United Nations High Commission of Refugees which collects documents and performs interviews. Incidentally, 1% of refugees worldwide end up being recommended for resettlement.

  • if you are one of that 1%,

    You may then be referred to the state department to begin the vetting process. At this point more information is collected. The vetting process is basically there to check if the refugees coming to the country have any terroristic agenda.

  • At this point,

    More information is collected. You'll be put through security screenings by the National Counter Terrorism Center, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • And if you are a Syrian Refugee,

    You'll get an additional layer of screening called the 'Syria Enhanced Review' which me further include a check by a special part of the Homeland Security called the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directors.

  • Then you finally get an Interview.

    The interview is conducted by the USCIS offices and you'll also be fingerprinted so your prints could be run through the biometric databases of the FBI, the department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defence.

  • If you make it through all that,

    You'll have health screenings, which lets face it, may not go too well for you because of all the prior paper work obvisouly giving you a stroke. But if everything comes back clear, you'll be enrolled in cultural orientation classes all while your information continues to be checked recurrently against terrorist databases to make sure that no new information comes in that wasn't caught before. All of this has to happen before you get near a plane.

Who in their right mind would want to go through a process like this unless they didn't have an option?

People are afraid of extremists among these refugees and quite often come up with something like this....

"If you bought a 5 pound bag of peanuts and you knew that in the 5 pound bag of peanuts that were deadly poisonous. Would you feed them to your kids? The answer is NO!"

- Mike Huckabee


Former Governor of Arkansas

According to Huckabee, 1 in every 100 refugees is a terrorist. In reality, The United States has resettled 784,000 refugees over the last 14 years and 3 of those resettled refugees have been arrested for planning terrorist activites, none of which by the way resulted in attacks here.

So the actual known ratio of terrorists within the refugees in not 1 in a 100. It is 1 in roughly 261,000.

Peanuts themselves have killed far more people than terrorist refugees.

Men named Mike have killed more people than terrorist refugees.

Why aren't we rounding all Mikes and throwing them out of the country?

If that sounds absurd, we as resonable adults should also realise that keeping refugees out is also that absurd.

If you can, please donate to help Refugees stay strong and have a decent life.

Also, share this with your friends to raise awareness about this issue.