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Proposition: Cole Reeves (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Hazuki Kido (Shorin Global)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

Resolution: This house believes that the borders of nation-states should not prevent the movement of refugees.

  • Cole Reeves
    Cole Reeves

    Hazuki Kido
    Hazuki Kido
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    Posted at April 18, 2017 12:21:01AM EST by Cole Reeves



    UNHCR’s 57-member Executive Committee sets non-binding guidelines that may be useful in this respect and the agency’s “Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status” is an authoritative interpretation of the 1951 Convention. In countries which are not party to international refugee instruments but who request UNHCR’s assistance, the agency may determine a person’s refugee status and offer its protection and assistance.

    Who decides?
    The UN
    What is the difference between a refugee and an immigrant?
    “Immigrants are usually driven by economic factors, or they want to be close to family. Refugees are forced to relocate for reasons such as fear of persecution due to war, religion or political opinion. Immigrants can usually find a home in their new country. From refugee camp to a third country.” www.diffennResolved: The borders of nation-states should not prevent the movement of refugees.
    Contention 1: “In 2015, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees accommodated over 15 million refugees, mostly in refugee camps in developing countries. The World Food Program provided these refugees with food aid, in cash or in kind. Refugees’ impacts on host countries are controversial and little understood. This unique study analyzes the economic impacts of refugees on host-country economies within a 10-km radius of three Congolese refugee camps in Rwanda. Simulations using Monte Carlo methods reveal that cash aid to refugees creates significant positive Perhaps the most frequently ignored costs of humanitarian interventions, however, have been what economists call opportunity costs—the forgone opportunities to which the resources for a military mission might have been put. These costs are considerable, since military intervention is a particularly expensive way to save lives. Each of the more than 220 Tomahawk missiles fired by the U.S. military into Libya, for example, cost around $1.4 million. In Somalia, Benjamin A. Valentino [66] foreign affairs . Volume 90 No. 6 a country of about 8.5 million people, the final bill for the U.S. intervention totaled more than $7 billion. Scholars have estimated that the military mission there probably saved between 10,000 and 25,000 lives. To put it in the crudest possible terms, this meant that Washington spent between $280,000 and $700,000 for each Somali it spared.
    Subpoint B:

    What are the criteria for refugee status?
    Governments establish status determination procedures to decide a person’s legal standing and rights in accordance to their own legal systems. UNHCR may offer advice as part of its mandate to promote refugee law, protect refugees and supervise the implementation of the 1951 Refugee Convention. The agency advocates that governments adopt a rapid, flexible and liberal process, recognizing how difficult it often is to document persecution

    Posted at April 18, 2017 10:09:32AM EST by Hazuki Kido



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    Posted at April 20, 2017 11:10:15AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 22, 2017 05:33:06PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    The decision is for the Opposition: Hazuki Kido

    Reason for Decision:

    While the proposition did get a video posted via e-mail, the delay in getting it posted made it impossible for the opp to respond in time, resulting in a forfeit.

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