Todays Foreign Correspondent had a very interesting story on Cambodian refugees and how many have been sent back to Cambodia from the US after having been accepted as refugees because they've committed a crime or two. The episode synopsis:
I think this issue brings up several points of discussion. Firstly, when a nation accepts refugees should they be able to deport them whenever they wish when they haven't provided any assistance whatsoever for the refugees to gain citizenship (or a green card). Interestingly, many of these refugees who were (and are being) deported have no practical knowledge of Cambodia, having gone to the US as infants and growing up pretty much as Americans.Originally Posted by ABC
Another issue one of the deported people in the story brings up is the problem of the refugees who settled in the US having very little knowledge of the country and speaking little English - this resulted in them forming 'ghettos' consisting of people living in poverty (due to having virtually no job prospects) which in turn led to problems with gangs, drugs and violence. This leads to most of those being deported being people who have had problems with drugs and violence and the like being deported to Cambodia. This has reportedly led to an increase in drug crime and related problems in Cambodia.
According to the story, the US govt only managed to "strong-arm" the Cambodian govt into accepting these deportees by threatening to cut off visas for Cambodians wishing to visit or settle in the US.
To me that this whole situation is a disgrace - the US govt has basically accepted people in order to provide for them 'a better life' while having no support systems in place whatsoever, and then when these people have (naturally) turned to illegal means in order to survive, they've just sent them back somewhere where they have little knowledge of the culture, the language or anything.