Dozens of Ancartan refugees have been streaming into the Lego Republic this month as the LR
opened its doors to any Ancartan who wishes for a better life. All Ancartans – regardless of ties to the AIM – will be accepted.
At the last count, over 30 civilians were killed due to the years-long conflict and more than 40 have been displaced from their homes. These figures do not, however, take into account the brutal massacre in Oeste last month.
President Bricks released a brief statement to mark the occasion.
"As a country of the Lego world, it is our minifigitarian duty to do as much as we can to help the people of Ancarta. Minifigs from around the world are still minifigs made of ABS, just like we are. All of us in the international community are responsible for standing up for minifig rights, no matter where conflict occurs. I am happy to welcome refugees from Ancarta to our country and I wish them the best as they rebuild their fractured lives."
The provisions of the Ancartan refugee program are outlined below:
- Refugees will be housed in government facilities or in private homes of citizens that elect to take someone in. One processed, they may rent or purchase their own homes.
- All refugees' applications for a A-1 visa for political asylum will be expedited.
- Able-bodied migrants who do not have to take care of children will be required to seek employment as long as the state is providing for them.
- Until otherwise stated, refugees will be exempt from all LR taxes except for a 10% tax taken directly out of their paychecks, the revenue from which will be used to provide for them. Once they assimilate into LR society, Ancartan refugees will be subject to the Republic's tax code instead of the special payroll tax.
- All Ancartans must abide by LR laws (except for taxes, as outlined above) and upon breaking laws will face appropriate consequences.
- A path to citizenship will be available for those who seek it.
- Migrants may move freely around the country once they receive permission from authorities after showing evidence of their work history, criminal records, and general good behavior.