Right of Asylum

Archive Report

Poltical Refuges and the Cold War

Flights of political refugees from countries behind the iron curtain, and their appearance in American or American-occupied territory with none of the formalities of legal entry, have become a dramatic feature of the cold war between East and West. Current rumors of new purges in Russia and her satellite states may foreshadow a large increase in the flow of refugees in the immediate future. Although the vast majority of persons seeking asylum outside their homelands have come from Communist or Communist-dominated countries, occasionally an American opponent of capitalism forsakes his country and requests asylum under the hammer and sickle.

The United States has been generous in granting the privilege of asylum to the politically oppressed of other lands, but care ...

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