[Tagging] refugee camp

Jan S grimpeur78 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 11 15:39:13 UTC 2019

Am 10. Juni 2019 22:05:53 MESZ schrieb Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>:
>The refugee camps I'm familiar with in Thailand are not social
>except in an incidental way. They are essentially internment camps
>surrounded by fences with guarded gates where undocumented aliens are
>They are landuse=residential because they're isolated areas in the
>countryside and contain permanent dwellings but having no other way to
>it at the time, I tagged a big refugee camp near Mae Sot as place=town
>name=Mae La Refugee Camp. As for the refugee aspect, I made a note and
>it at that.

I have my doubts whether place=town is the appropriate tag for a fenced living area, where people are obliged to live. Why wouldn't a big prison be place=town then, too (just have a look at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmasola)?

>I'm not sure which approach would be better between social_facility,
>amenity or what have you, but any tourism-related tag definitely will

My idea of a refugee camp is that there's some kind of social service, either public or private, like food distribution, medical attention, maybe housing or tents being provided by the government, UNHCR, or whomever. Would anything like that apply to the camps in Thailand you've described? If yes, I wouldn't have issues with using social_facility...

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