It has widely been reported that “heaps of people are Googlin’ how to leave America“. However, if you look a little closer at the reasons why people may want to leave, the definition of “refugee” may pop up in your mind.
In the 1951 Geneva Convention (WARNING: link to pdf of extremely boring document!) the term “refugee” applies to any person who, due to:
“a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it. In the case of a person who has more than one nationality, the term ‘the country of his nationality” shall mean each of the countries of which he is a national, and a person shall not be deemed to be lacking the protection of the country of his nationality if, without any valid reason based on well-founded fear, he has not availed himself of the protection of one of the countries of which he is a national”
[Convention of 1951, Article 1A (2)]
So, does that mean we can expect a surge in political refugees from America?
We.. don’t think so.
BUT, what we do know is, we have assisted “heaps” of individuals and SMEs eliminate borders, as well as achieve mobility freedom, all with the help within our network of professionals in the region.
Contact one of our specialist Consultants with your migration needs today.
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