Posted by: Chasy | 11/05/2011

Asylum-seeker numbers nearly halved in last decade, says UNHCR

This article from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees shows that the number of refugees who have lodged applications has fallen dramatically since 2001.

As the article points out, research needs to be done as to whether this is due to improved conditions within these countries, or if stricter laws on immigration are the reason.

I think what should also be added to that list is whether there are simply fewer avenues by which to lodge an application (offshore, as opposed to onshore, which is where strict laws would be a factor), or if refugees are actually dying before they get to make a claim as a result of poorer conditions within their country of origin.

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