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Feb 8, 2022
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refoulement
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refoulement

PRONUNCIATION:
(ruh-FUL-man) [the last syllable is nasal]

MEANING:
noun: The forcing of refugees or asylum seekers to return to a place where they are likely to face persecution.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French refoulement (turning back), from refouler (to push back), from re- (again) fouler (to trample). Earliest documented use: 1780.

NOTES:
Originally the term refoulement referred to the overflowing of a river or of the water being dammed back due to the accumulation of ice. Today, non-refoulement is a principle of international law prohibiting turning away refugees and asylum seekers to a place they are fleeing from.

USAGE:
“[Jennifer] Harbury, who is sixty-six, has made a career of challenging alleged abuses of immigrants, including refoulements. She grew up in Connecticut and California, in a family that had fled Nazi persecution in Holland during the Second World War.”
Sarah Stillman; No Refuge; The New Yorker; Jan 15, 2018.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (8 Feb 1819-1900)

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