UN Says China Helpful with Refugees! WTH!

Even the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is helping spread Communist Chinese propaganda!

As we have reported over the years, China doesn’t take in refugees or asylum seekers (well at least none in recent decades) and while the UN uses bullying and threats against Japan to force them to diversify their population, I have never once heard the cabal of Leftist Open Borders agitators and the UN pressure China to experience the ‘joys’ of multiculturalism.

Incredible! In 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that ” his country has always believed that multilateralism is the only path that best suits the interests of the people of all countries.” http://english.scio.gov.cn/topnews/2018-12/01/content_74229831.htm

 

Now here is a story clearly meant to suck up to China just as the threat of the Communist Party there and what it is capable of doing to the world (can you say COVID!) is really sinking in for a lot of freedom loving people worldwide.

And, not a mention here of the word UIGHER!

From the Global Times:

China responsible and supportive on refugee issues: UNHCR representative

China and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency) have maintained a long history of cooperation. China has not only actively participated in the events organized by the UNHCR on refugee relief, but also contributed to international solutions to the refugee crises over the past 41 years. With increasing strength, China is expected play a more prominent role in the field of international refugee relief.

As for China’s role and contribution in the UNHCR, Sivanka Dhanapala, the Representative of UNHCR in China, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview that China has been extremely supportive in international dialogues about refugee issues, and has bolstered shared international responsibility.

What! China the great peacekeeper!

“As a very important member state of the UN, and a permanent member of the Security Council, China plays an extremely significant role in UNHCR through peacekeeping at the Security Council level that helps to stabilize regions that might otherwise end up in political turmoil,” Dhanapala said.

Dhanapala raised an example of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attending the Leaders Summit on Refugees at the UN headquarters in New York in 2016, noting that China has been extremely supportive in solving refugee issues since then, helping set the tone for shared international responsibility.  [Big whoop! they attended a meeting in New York on refugees.—ed]

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website, Li addressed at the conference that China actively advocates political resolutions to regional hot-spot issues and has raised its own proposals on ceasefires, political reconciliation and ending violence.

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Here the Los Angeles Times a few short years ago (2017) gives a more realistic picture of China’s view of refugees.  It seems they did ‘welcome’ Vietnamese of Chinese origin in the wake of the conflict is Southeast Asia.  They put those ‘refugees’ on farms to work for the state.

There is not a chance in hell that China is going to give refuge to Middle East Muslims and Somalis from Africa!  And, there isn’t a chance in hell that the UN is going to ask that of them!

So while the hard Left blasts President Trump for being xenophobic, racist, and unwelcoming, there is never a bad word for the Chinese government or Chinese President Xi Jinping ! Why is that? 

Indeed there is not one critical quote here about Chinese refugee policy in the LA Times story from the likes of Human Rights Watch or any of the Leftists daily demanding that the US take in more diversity.

China once welcomed refugees, but its policies now make Trump look lenient

China gets it!  Diversity is not strength!

On World Refugee Day, No Major Outbreaks of Chinese Virus in Refugee Camps

And, you know if COVID was rampaging like “wildfire” through CROWDED camps housing millions of “vulnerable” refugees the “carnage” would make headlines worldwide today!

Try as I might, I could find no new stories about my personal petri dish—the huge camp at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where we are told a million Muslim Rohingya live cheek by jowl in huts with no way to social distance.

I’ve been following the dire warnings on the expected crisis in the camps for months.

See my most recent posts here and here.  

The first death at Cox’s Bazar was reported on June 3, here. That is over two weeks ago.  We know of one more, so where is the carnage?

Here is a short video from the UN High Commissioner on Refugees and the World Health Organization apparently in time for World Refugee Day today!

The UNHCR says this (not exactly what the Leftwing media is going to trumpet):

We have not seen, or not seen yet I should say, major outbreaks where we feared the most in large concentrations, in refugee camps.

Watch it:

 

But, see here that the international humanitarian industry has moved on to link the Chinese virus to hunger and is warning of a double whammy of starvation and death by COVID.

Here is one thing they say you can do!

Write to Congress and tell them to send more of your tax dollars (borrowed from China) to feed the world.

You can save lives by being an advocate for the hungry, especially the refugees. Bread for the World encourages citizens to write letters to Congress urging them to make global food aid a priority in the budget.

I will be watching and continue to report when (if!) the virus crisis does impact the world’s migrant populations—a real test of the value, or lack of value, of social distancing, or mask-wearing for that matter!

Here They Come! UN Announces that Refugee Travel Will Resume Immediately

You may remember that in mid-March the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the entity that processes refugee travel, announced that due to the Chinese Virus crisis refugees would not be traveling to a new country. This was to protect the refugees from picking up the virus.

It was only a few days ago I told you that refugee travel continued to be stalled at the UN level, well, all that has changed.

Yesterday the UN announced that the program would now resume to deal with an immediate backlog of 10,000 third worlders headed to the first world.

From a press statement by the UNHCR:

Joint Statement: UN refugee chief Grandi and IOM’s Vitorino announce resumption of resettlement travel for refugees

The temporary hold on resettlement travel, which was necessitated by disruptions and restrictions to international air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, delayed the departures of some 10,000 refugees to resettlement countries. Throughout this period, UNHCR, IOM and partners continued to process and counsel refugees and resettled scores of emergency and urgent cases.

If you see a bag like this at your local airport, know that a new refugee is arriving (that is, assuming you are traveling at all!).

In addition, numerous resettlement countries established or expanded their capacities to apply flexible processing modalities, to adapt and ensure the continuity of their resettlement programs in unpredictable circumstances.

Although many travel restrictions still remain in place, as these begin to lift in many resettlement countries more refugee departures can be anticipated. UNHCR and IOM will continue to work with our government partners and other stakeholders around the world to move towards a return to normal operations as swiftly as the situation allows in each country.”

There was no moratorium!

During the supposed halt in refugee travel, the US admitted 523 (emergency) refugees that were distributed to 33 states.

Using data from the Refugee Processing Center, here is where the 523 who came in during the height of the virus crisis in the US, from March 17th, when the spigot was supposedly closed, to today.

Top ten states ‘welcoming’ refugees are: Texas (always number one!), Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Georgia, Idaho/Utah (tied for tenth place).

 

 

The primary sending countries were the DR Congo (as usual), Burma, Pakistan, El Salvador, Iran and Syria.

I was very surprised to see that 194 of the 523 emergency refugees we admitted are Muslims (37%) of some stripe, included are 13 Somalis. 45 of 65 from Burma are Rohingya Muslims.  No Christians from Syria out of 23 arrivals were among them, and only 4 of 17 from Iraq are Christians.  So much for saving the Christians of Syria and Iraq!

I will be watching and let you know when I see the floodgates fully open!

Refugee and Migrant Movement is Stalled Worldwide; Nothing to do with Trump!

Twenty years ago the UN launched World Refugee Day to create an opportunity for media attention, something the Left is very good at doing! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Refugee_Day

As World Refugee Day approaches on June 20th, expect to see more stories like this one about the plight of a growing number of refugees (they are always growing, so nothing new there!) whose movement is blocked not by racist border restrictions,  but by the Chinese Virus that has closed borders since late March.

On March 22nd the United Nations, with its branch called the International Organization for Migration that facilitates refugee travel, shut down almost all refugee movement.

Indeed it had to because 150 countries have closed their borders completely or have strict requirements for movement across them.

I had been wondering if the UN is restarting the flow, but apparently not.

The story at Stuff is mostly about New Zealand that had just begun in earnest to ‘welcome’ the third world when COVID began its deadly spread.

But, here are a couple of bits that interested me besides learning that the UN continues to be responsible for the moratorium, not Donald Trump as I see most days in the US media.

Scores of refugees in limbo as quota system in holding pattern due to Covid-19

As we approach World Refugee Day on June 20 we have the highest number of refugees worldwide than ever before.

According to the latest UNHCR figures, there are 70.8 million forcibly displaced people, including more than 41 million internally displaced people and 25 million refugees.

Stuff cites Cox’s Bazar as a refugee camp (no social distancing) just waiting for the COVID hell to break loose and reports cases have increased to 36 (deaths at 3) since I reported the numbers two days ago as 35 and 2 respectively. https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2020/06/12/chinese-virus-update-from-refugee-camp-in-bangladesh/

 

Only 1 per cent of those 25 million refugees are resettled. That number is now at zero because of Covid-19.

More than 150 countries have closed their borders or put in border restrictions.

The vast majority of them have no exceptions for people claiming asylum.

They have no exceptions for refugees who need to flee their countries because of persecution, human rights abuses or war to be able to bypass border restrictions connected to Covid-19.

Flow of money is stopping too!

Rarely do we hear about the amount of money that refugees and migrants send HOME from the country where they have migrated to—money lost to the host country’s economy.

Migrant workers would not able to send money home to support their families and communities in their countries. The economic impact on those migrant workers and the decline in their livelihoods is going to have a massive impact on remittances, he adds.

“Latest figures are that remittances will go down $100 billion globally.”

More here if you are interested.

Lots of Stories Raising Alarm, but So Far No COVID-19 Outbreaks in Refugee Camps

Hope all of you are doing well and taking this time to appreciate home and family during this challenging period.

I’ve been monitoring stories from around the world as alarm bells are being rung about a catastrophe (“carnage” seems to be the operative word) that has not yet materialized that refugees housed in crowded camps will be consumed with the virus and that someone (government?) has to do something.  Of course, what governments might do is not clear.

I told readers here that NGOs that should be expected to help are concerned with protecting their staff.

Here is one headline from the Washington Post on Friday:

As epidemic menaces refugee camps, the Middle East’s most vulnerable face a deepening nightmare

Many paragraphs in we learn this:

Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council is ringing alarm bells, but what is any country supposed to do. In his case, Norway is closed as cases rapidly mount there. https://www.lifeinnorway.net/coronavirus-in-norway/

“When the virus hits overcrowded settlements in places like Iran, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Greece, the consequences will be devastating,” Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said this week. “There will also be carnage when the virus reaches parts of Syria, Yemen and Venezuela, where hospitals have been demolished and health systems have collapsed.”

Health experts hope that the relatively young average age of the displaced will help keep the death rate low. (In some centers, more than 60 percent are children.) And for now, no camp outbreaks have been reported. In some cases, the camps’ very isolation may be slowing the appearance of the virus within their fences and walls.

Access to Gaza, for example, is tightly controlled by Israel, which has largely sealed the enclave’s crossings to Israel and Egypt. Aid workers there are using the time to prepare for what they view as the virus’s inevitable arrival. [So can we say for a change that Israel is doing something good by sealing borders?—ed]

More here.

At NBC on Thursday, the answer is supposedly that governments should be testing in the camps.  Heck, governments are having enough trouble testing their own citizens.

Coronavirus could cause ‘carnage’ among the world’s refugees, aid groups say

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus outbreak threatens to inflict “carnage” on refugees around the world who often live in cramped conditions, lack access to clean water and are in countries with failing or stretched medical systems, humanitarian aid groups say.

Muhammad Zaman, a professor of bioengineering at Boston University wants testing in camps. That would be the UN’s job right?

From Syria to Bangladesh to Uganda, the risk posed to people who have fled war and persecution is potentially dire, and only urgent international action can avert a catastrophe, aid organizations told NBC News.

As of Tuesday, only 10 cases had been reported among refugees and displaced persons, and all of those were patients in Germany, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

But in the absence of extensive testing at refugee camps in the Middle East, Africa or Asia, it’s unclear whether the fast-moving virus has already reached them, medical experts and humanitarian workers said.

“We don’t know, and that’s largely because we haven’t done any testing,” said Muhammad Zaman, a professor of bioengineering at Boston University. “We need to know how acute the problem is before we come up with an intervention.”

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See that I have a tag for COVID-19 posts.

I see this morning that the flow into the US has stopped for the regular refugee program, but am waiting to see data indicating we have shut off the Iraqi and Afghanistan special visa spigot as well.