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Authors

Jan H. Klinek

Abstract

The issue addressed here is whether the Southeast Asian refugee has been fairly dealt with under the Refugee Act of 1980. Part II examines the purposes behind the Refugee Act of 1980. It will show how congressional intent has been displaced by a concern for meeting political and social pressures. Part III and Part IV set forth discussion and recommendations urging the renovation of U.S. refugee policies in order to alleviate the bias prevalent in the existing system. In addition, this Note recognizes the need to balance international humanitarian principles and national limitations in order to develop, a means for equitably sharing the increasing refugee burden. This discussion will conclude that the Southeast Asian refugee has become entangled in U.S. domestic and foreign policy goals, contrary to the objectives proffered by the Refugee Act of 1980.

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