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Residents of Siberian Coal Mine Town of Kiselyovsk Seeking Eco Asylum in Canada

Coal News - Published on Thu, 19 Sep 2019

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Scoop Whoop reported that people living in the Siberian town of Kiselyovsk are seeking refuge in Canada based on an environmental emergency. Kiselyovsk is a small town infamous for its black snow. The residents meanwhile are saying that they have had enough and the town had become inhabitable, which is why they're seeking asylum as environmental refugees. It is located on top of an open-pit coal mine and at least 80% of the 90,000 residents of the town live near these mines. Almost everything is covered in soot; the plants, their homes, their water and food. The situation is so dire that it is the only place in the world with black, coal-saturated snow.

The UN however only defines refugee as someone who crosses an international border for a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

What will happen to these people, we cannot say. All we can do is hope that they find a way out of the post-apocalyptic looking world.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 19 Sep 2019
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