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A refugee, according to the Geneva Convention, is someone who voluntarily leaves the state of which he is a citizen, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted there for reasons of religion or war or even because of his status as a member of a particular social group or political opinion (political refugee), and in addition it is impossible for him to secure protection from his country or, because of this fear, he does not wish to be placed under that protection. This typical description in real life translates to: women jumping into the sea with their children, without knowing how to swim, to escape the bombings people who die of a simple appendicitis, helpless in the cell they have been locked up in, after their arrival in the “civilized western world”, having traveled countless miles under harsh conditions, chased either by a regime, or by war, or by…

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June 20 – World Refugee Day