Refugees: Seeking Solutions to a Global Concern: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, September 21, 2004 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Hon. Saxby Chambliss: "I thank our witnesses for being here today to talk about a very important issue, and that is the number of refugees around the world and what the United States is doing to resettle them here or to seek other viable solutions to their displacement. According to the United States High Commissioner for Refugees, there were about 9.7 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2003, down from 10.5 million at the end of 2002. The U.S. Committee for Refugees' World Refugee Survey estimates that of the world's refugee population, more than 7 million refugees have been restricted to camps for 10 years or more. While the overall decrease in the world's refugee population is promising, the numbers remain staggering. The United States has long been a world leader in providing permanent resettlement to refugees around the world. In fact, it is U.S. policy to admit half the refugees identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees each year. Despite all the work the U.S. has done to offer resettlement to some, the worldwide refugee population remains a vast concern. I hope today's hearing can shed light on what the United States is doing bilaterally or multilaterally to encourage other nations to increase their efforts to resettle refugees." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include the following: Saxby Chambliss, Russell D. Feingold, Edward M. Kennedy, Alan Adler, Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., Kenneth J. Bacon, Arthur E. Dewey, Mark Franken, Charles H. Kuck, Lavinia Limon, and Daniel A. Stein.
S. Hrg. 108-686; Senate Hearing 108-686; Serial No. J-108-97
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