The Urgent Need to Revisit the Effectiveness of Refugee Resettlement Policies

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Iranian Refugees Action Network

To: The UN, the UNHCR, UNPO, US State Department, US and Canadian Heads of State, US Senators, the EU, NGOs:
 
Today we received a letter from Iran from former asylum seekers whom had been registered in Turkey.  In 2012, after being given a UN interview appointment date for late 2014, this refugee family was forced to return to Iran.  They had no financial means of support in Turkey during the long waiting process.  Upon their arrival in Iran they were arrested and one of the refugees has been imprisoned for the last two and a half years.  No charges have been filed against the individual and they remain incarcerated with no prospect of being released any time in the near future.
 
The length of time it takes refugee cases to be processed in Turkey, Iraq and other countries is unbearable for many.  We have approached the UNHCR about…

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