Refugees? Immigrants? What do we do?

Ash-sha`b yurid isqat an-nizam

Bit of a deep article this evening on a touchy matter. The current refugee situation caused by the Syrian civil war needs to be addressed and acted upon. I have heard so many different arguments about what we, the United Kingdom should do. This article is going to look into these different suggestions and ideas. It’s going to explore the facts and the figures and hopefully get down to business.

This war has been going on for about four years now. The Middle East has been a mess for longer than this, as each country has it’s own revolution, just as we in the West have. The people are rising up against their repressive regimes that the Islamist State (their non-democratic, dictatorship) have enforced and are seeking truth and freedom. Everyone should have a right to democracy. When this war first broke out, I like many other people, I’m sure, was ignorant. I had no idea where Syria even was and I’d even got it confused with the small Eastern European country of Serbia. I read many of the tabloids to try and gain an understanding of what was happening but my knowledge was still minimal. Many that have an opinion on this matter seem to lack facts of some sort. Syria lies between Turkey and Iraq.

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As I read about this, there is so much more to the story than the average Tom, Dick or Harry is taught about. Iraq, due to owning most of the oil industry in Syria has helped to fuel the fire and have established themselves as being against the people rising up. They brought over their ‘ISIL’ Islamist State of Iraq and Levant’, which developed into what we know as ‘ISIS’ the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS are the tyrants that are trying to run their country against the peoples will. ISIS also have presence over in other North African and South Asian countries. This is a group that, in it’s early days, pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. What people fail to realise is that these groups are only the extreme side of Islam that the media use to make good stories out of. It incites hatred in to the hearts of the average reader or viewer. We are not extremists. We don’t need that kind of hatred in this world and I’d kindly remind people of that. These groups are going through what Christians had around five hundred years ago. Difference is that the Christians didn’t have the internet, good transportation links, or the serious weaponry we have today. What we need to think about when we think of the war and ISIS is the Free Syrian Army and the Muslims that are fighting to put ISIS on their asses. Civility is lost there. It was only a matter of time before Europe had a large amount of refugees knocking on it’s door. They’ve struggled to go elsewhere, considering that ISIS are still very much influential in it’s neighbouring countries.

You don’t have to be reminded of how many Civilians have died in this war already, since 2011. More than 4 million have fled. In 2013 it’s recorded population was more than 22 million. These millions of people need somewhere to go. The issue is, where? I’ve heard many say that we, The United Kingdom, need to open are gates, particularly after the Calais incident. We need to show compassion and empathy. There is no place in this world for the heartless.  I’ve also heard many people retaliate about how we should be helping our own out before we can help others. Then I’ve heard other points such as where will we find the room, the money? We already have an immigration problem. I’ve heard people suspect the refugees. What if there are terrorists hiding amongst the civilians looking for solace? I’ve heard all kind of suggestions as well. Why not build villages on our green belts for the refugees? It’s unused land after all. Why not buy an island for the refugees to live on and work? Why can’t other countries take them in?

The main problems the West have are greed, corruption and a lack of good decision making. Because peoples opinions and decisions are subjective. This is where democracy can be a bit of a nightmare because there are so many different options that the UK could take. I do, whole heartedly, believe we should help these people. We can’t leave them all to die. They are fighting a worthy cause. How we help these people is the real question. This is where the worlds, or at leasts Europe’s leaders, should be getting together. The UK, on it’s own, can not decide this. We can not put the world on our shoulders. We are, after all, one small island. Yes, we are one of the wealthiest in the world, but we don’t have our shit all figured out yet. Yet, if Greece, for example, a country wriggled with debt, can accept refugees, then so can we. No, I’m not saying that we can take them all. I’m not completely away with the faeries.

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Their situation will have to be monitored. We won’t be able to keep them here after their war is over. Which is what I think some of you are worried about. I too, have been thinking about this. Taking in refugees is meant to be a short term situation. You take them in, look after them, then let them go home. It’s not unheard of, however, of refugees wanting to stay. In Yeovil, we have had that very situation of two brothers not wanting to go back to their country and a large petition was signed to keep them. The problem with that would be, at what stage do we say no? At what stage do we shut our gates for good and not take in any more immigrants? Because refugees wanting to stay in the UK would be a problem for immigrancy. People complain about immigrancy but countries need it. The UK has benefited so much from the migration of people. Most of my best friends have come over from different countries and I am so glad that they have because I would be so very lonely with out them. Think of how much different your local foreign cuisines would be, for example, if English people ran them? Think of all the crap the immigrants put up with in terms of claiming the lowly jobs that no one wants and racism, particularly from groups such as Britain First- barely a step up from ISIS in ideology.

I don’t have all the answers and I can’t claim I do. I’m not a politician, I’m not an activist. I got most of my facts from Wikipedia. I hope that from reading this article, you too will go and seek the facts. You’ll knowledge up. You’ll help to answer the questions, instead of ask them. As a country, we need to come together to find the solution, whether that means sharing our homes with the Syrian refugees, sending them aid, helping them to find a temporary solace elsewhere. As a human being to other human beings, you have a moral obligation. This situation is bigger than any individual but there are enough of us to make a difference and each one of you counts.

Thanks for reading guys, I hope this is made you think about the world and the people in it and I hope this helps to influence an action. You have the power to change the world. Don’t forget that. See you soon x

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