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Of course, refugees might live productively and with dignity in the countries and regions where they find themselves, were not the preferred way to deal with refugees to pen them in camps in subhuman conditions so they won't overwhelm the local population competing for food, space and jobs.

That there are anywhere in the world third-generation refugees is one of the most baffling things to me. But in fact there should be structures in place to render refugee camps unnecessary in the first place. Host nations should allow refugees to live and work freely, and the question is how much it would cost the international community to compensate the host countries for it.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 6th, 2009 at 12:50:52 PM EST
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