Refugee Nation - A Radical Solution to the Global Refugee Crisis

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With 60 million refugees and IDP's around the world, it is time for bold and radical action.

For the 60 million stateless people around the world, a state of their own. More
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About Jason Buzi

I was born in Israel, a country that was established as a homeland for Jews, many of them refugees. Over the last century, many Jews had been forced from their homelands, persecuted, and killed as members of an ethnic and religious minority.

Israel was essentially founded as a refugee nation, exclusively for Jewish refugees. The Jewish people came together, and despite enormous obstacles formed a Jewish nation. I hope the world will now come together to form a nation for all refugees regardless of race, religion, or nationality.

I grew up in the United States, which has been home to refugees and asylum seekers since before its independence. I was surrounded by people of all nationalities and backgrounds. These two homelands have shaped my identity and worldview. Flawed as they are, each attracted idealists and dreamers.

My successful career in real estate has enabled me to live the American Dream. I have traveled to over 70 countries, along the way teaching English in Taiwan, mixing drinks in Finland, sponsoring an orphanage in Nepal, setting up a new library in Ghana, and volunteering at a school in Poland. My world travels and experiences have informed and shaped me.

Last year, in a desire to give back, I started a scavenger hunt called "Hidden Cash". What started as a fun little local activity soon became an internet sensation, and briefly put me in the media spotlight. It was a fun experience in some ways, but I do value my privacy, and am not seeking attention.

But this idea, which I have had for many years, seems to become more urgent with every passing day.

As the number of refugees continues to increase to record levels. As we watch news reports about more boats capsizing in the Mediterranean, with hundreds drowning at a time, or asylum seekers starving to death in Southeast Asia, refused admission by multiple countries. As we read about millions driven from their homes. Whatever the timing for me personally, how can I not act? How can WE not act? Is it not our civic duty? This proposal should be discussed on its own merits. If people don't like me, or my background, it shouldn't matter.

The idea is what matters. We are planning to have hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ambassadors spreading the word. We hope you will be one of them.

They say there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. We feel that this is overdue, and that the status quo – millions suffering needlessly – is no longer acceptable. No one in the 21st century should be homeless and stateless.

Reviews

Review by: luvsingin on July 10, 2015 :
I have always had a desire to help others but was never in a position to do so. Living in Southern California has made it possible for me to meet people from many different countries and backgrounds. I became passionate about immigration and started pursing my law degree to make a difference. This summer I have had the opportunity to do some pro bono work with a nonprofit helping unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings apply for asylum. Hearing their stories has motivated me to want to start a nonprofit of my own once I receive my JD. I read this book because of the passion I have to help refugees and asylees. The truth is that I can help people but something needs to change. Helping a couple here and there isn't the overall solution.

This book is short and straight to the point. Makes you think about the possibilities. Most importantly, it encourages action! I absolutely loved it. Definitely a must read!
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Review by: Jon Copper on June 25, 2015 :
My wife and I are passionate about humanitarian issues around the world - especially the plight of those caught in the webs of the human slave trade. The most vulnerable group of people to become victims of trafficking are stateless people. With 60 million displaced people around the world today, according to the UNHCR, and billions being spent in short term aid, refugees deserve a long term and sustainable solution.

While the contents in this short proposal may seem unrealistic, simplistic, or even absurd to some, the more I have pondered them the more I realized that to me and a growing number of concerned people around the world, it is the only possible solution for ALL refugees and displaced people.

I would encourage you to read this proposal with an open mind, then send your feedback to Jason in the email at the end of the book. If you are like my wife and I and think this is plausible, then come join the movement! If you think it is crazy, that's fine, then send Jason a solution - something viable, sustainable, and long term that works for ALL refugees and IDP's. But you must do something - the status quo is no longer acceptable for the suffering of so many!
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