When you’re afraid for you and your family’s lives due to persecution in your home country to the extent that you’re forced to flee, you are a refugee. One of the hardest decisions in life is to leave your home and country, even if you are witness to war or immediate turmoil. These days when someone mentions “refugee crisis,” all eyes are on Syria. Today, it stands as the biggest refugee producing country with over 7.5 million people being displaced to date. The refugee crisis appears to be continuing unabated with millions of Syrians in need of assistance.
It’s obvious that civil war in one country significantly increases the likelihood that its neighboring states will experience some crisis or conflict as well. Just look at the effects of the Syrian crisis has had on Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. Refugees flow into these states as a consequence of the political turmoil in Syria, and put strains on local resources that are not designed to handle such large waves of people in dire straits. Due to the urgent needs and demands of the crisis, the United States government has agreed to take in more refugees. For someone to receive refugee status, he or she must meet its legal definition, submit proof of identification, and evidence of persecution claimed or feared.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), section 101(a) (42), defines a refugee as one who lives outside of the United States; who is unwilling to return to/or is unable to avail self of protection of the country because of persecution or well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality or be a member of a particular social group and political opinion. The United States provides immigration status to individuals who have faced persecution or have the fear of persecution in their home country based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or etc.
The White House website states that this fiscal year, the United States government is planning to take in over 1,500 Syrian refugees and is hoping to make the necessary preparation to accept at least 10,000 Syrians refugees next fiscal year.
Remember, you do not have to be part of the Syrian refugee crises to be fleeing your home country due to persecution. You can be a non-Syrian requiring refugee status in the US. For further details contact our office and we can assist you in navigating the application process.