United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


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Topic 1: „Preventing refugee crises – A Pro-active approach“ Although not a traditionally popular destination for refugees and asylum seekers, the People’s Republic of China was one of the top ten refugee-hosting countries recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) until it was recently replaced by Sudan in mid-2015, largely due to the fact that it accepted and still hosts a large number of Indochinese refugees. In the late 1970s, China accepted about 260,000 refugees who fled from Vietnam to China. They were provided refugee status and settled in southern China. Most of the Indochinese refugees were ethnic Chinese. The Indochinese refugees and their children are well integrated and receive protection from the Chinese government. In the past two decades, the number of refugees and asylum seekers coming to China has gradually increased, and the country is becoming a transit and destination country for mixed migration as a result of its geographical and economic importance. In 2015, there were 301,057 refugees, among whom 300,000 were Indochi...

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