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Post Is Escaping Conscription a Legitimate Reason for Refugee Status?
Created by John Eipper on 04/29/21 4:41 AM

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Is Escaping Conscription a Legitimate Reason for Refugee Status? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 04/29/21 4:41 am)

Referring to Denmark's granting of refugee status to Syrian men escaping conscription, why is this a reason to ask for political asylum? Would it be the same in the US now?

If your country is at war it is your duty to fight, no reason to ask for political asylum abroad. My older friends in 1943 during Italy's civil war never thought to escape to Switzerland but joined the fight, even if not on the same side.

JE comments:  Eugenio Battaglia has made this point before, and it's worth further contemplation.  Two questions:  Is it one's duty to fight in a war you don't believe in, or what's worse, on the side you despise?  And second, let's look at the international perspective.  How is the world "served" by perpetuating Syria's civil war?  Meaning, isn't there a wider benefit in keeping as many people as possible from fighting at all?

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