Refugees Equal Human Beings
Refugees and immigrants are often confused. There is, however, a significant difference between the two. An Immigrant chooses to relocate to another country. The “economic” immigrants move to improve their prospects. Others seek education or unifying with family. An example is the influx of South American laborers, who cross the US border daily to find work.
Refugees are subject to international laws. If they meet the specified criteria, they may receive help from their new country, United Nations or other organizations. Once accepted as a refugee they are no longer subject to deportation. However, if not deemed a refugee, they may be sent back to their homeland which could lead to grave consequences.
The distinction of an immigrant is relevant to each country’s laws and processes which help to determine how they handle the request for immigration. Therefore, an immigrant not following the proper channels may be denied entry and subjected to deportation back to their home country.
Milana Vayntrub – Refugees in Lesbos
Consequently, we have seen the number of the internally displaced tripled from 21 million in 2005 to over 65 million today. The largest increase comes from Syria due to its ongoing six-year civil war and the conflicting involvement of other countries. There are more crises areas of civil war and violence such as South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. They all contribute to the global count.
The fear of terrorism, Islamophobia, general hatred, and distrust has made it increasingly difficult for these people to find safety. These emotions and fears affect the way individuals, communities, and nations judge who is eligible to receive assistance. The tragedy of it all is that our need to help becomes lost within our prejudices. Even worse is the fact that over fifty percent of the displaced are children.
It is the responsibility of humankind to take care of those in peril. We must protect the children. Therefore, if our governments are unwilling to help, we must influence them to change. In addition, we must work through other means to find a way to support the refugee. It is a small world and no one should face persecution for their race, religion, nationality, social group or their political opinion. Finally, we should all take a moment to think of how we would feel in their situation. The entire world needs to help those who live by the mercy of others.
d-_-b “blinded by the light” – Bruce Springsteen