Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Facebook status message, originally posted 11 May 2015

I am terribly sad to read the news about migrants and asylum seekers drowned on their way to seek better lives out of their own countries. Others using the land route may end up in refugee camps at the border of their country with the neighbours. Of course it is the responsibility of the host countries to accept these migrants in any way economically possible. But this will definitely create a issue of spending millions of taxpayers' money to provide subsistence for these migrants until their asylums are granted. Then there will be a challenge faced by these newcomers in the new country, having to face discriminations that will lead to hate crimes. Imagine the mental state of these people that have to go through such an unthinkable experience, their homes burned down, their countries reduced to rubble, their families killed or taken from them.
I do not agree that these migrants are just going to cause the spike in crimes if they are accepted into society. All human beings have the right to live a peaceful lives wherever they are. Maybe a few turned to violence out of choice, but the majority of them just hope for a better place to raise their families. 
But human beings are complex. We tend to scorn migrants coming into our countries, especially from a less prosperous countries. We know that these people should be helped, but as long as it does not have to come out of our own pocket. We are happy to receive those with genuine intentions of seeking asylum and protection, but not at the expense of our jobs. This leaves countries popular as migration destination with a very difficult task in hand. Italy is one example. Australia is also one of them. Generally, I think these countries are doing the best they could to help. But there is a point where, they have to do a delicate balance between sustaining the process economically, with doing their responsibility from a humanitarian point of view, and the perception of their own citizens. No countries have the secret formula for this until now, probably because there isn't one.
Ultimately, I would put the full blame on the few greedy, power-hungry leaders who care only about protecting their own interests. They do not care their fellow countrymen are suffering. They do not care people are fleeing their country as the country is now poor, unsafe as a consequence of their action. For as long as they still hold their positions. This I can never ever comprehend. What human being wouldn't mind seeing all these sufferings happening before their eyes and yet chose to do nothing to stop it. What has blocked their eyes and brains? Why do they have to exist in the first place?
My thoughts and prayers to those affected by war in the Middle East, Africa, by persecutions in Asia, the Balkans and the world over.

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