Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
Displaced people gather on the deck of the S.S. Ryndam on arrival in Hoboken, NJ Dec. 19, 1951. [AP]

About the Author: Eric Schwartz serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

This year the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. One hundred and forty seven nations have signed this agreement and/or the subsequent 1967 Protocol that followed, which stand for the basic principle that those fleeing persecution must be provided refuge and protection. As part of our effort to commemorate the 60th anniversary, we invited former refugees who work for the Department of State to share their stories with us. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised when over 20 individuals told us they wanted to tell their deeply moving resettlement stories. You can read three of these stories in the June issue of State Magazine, and many more in a series of DipNote blogs that we will be publishing in the coming weeks as we… more »

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