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June 15, 2005

Refugee Report Card

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The annual report for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has just been released, and it includes an interesting new section. According to the Associated Press,

For the first time, the report includes letter grading of countries' performances, highlighting how well -- or poorly -- refugee-hosting countries honor their rights.

Given the media's intense preoccupation with the fate of Palestinian refugees, including in the West Bank and Gaza, the Committee's results are striking. The AP article notes:

For example, Chad, the Congo Republic, Ecuador, Iraq, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and the United States get A's for honoring refugees' right to earn a livelihood. Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Russia and Tanzania receive F's in the same category.

Posted by TS at June 15, 2005 06:00 AM