Although the Migrant Crisis has faded away from Headlines from Top News Sites and many people in privileged areas have forgotten about it, the issues still remain in 2018.
It was sparked by over a million migrants and refugees crossing into Europe in 2015, creating a conflict as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. The top ten places people are leaving and applying to asylum from in Europe include: Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Albania, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iran, and the Ukraine. A lot of these individuals are fleeing from tremulous and dangerous conditions in their homeland. Some even being forced out. Many of these individuals also make dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean to find some sort of safety in Europe.
Clearly, there is a huge influx of individuals that are seeking asylum, so what does the World Leader, America, do in situations like this? Simply deny the crisis is even happening.
As a leader of the free world, America typically has been at the forefront of welcoming the displaced, the unwelcome, those in need. But Trump has decided to make other plans. He has withdrawn the United States from the global community for refugee protection. Trump officially pulled the United states out from the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration as countries keep trying to hammer out a framework for settling the 60 million-plus displaced people around the world.
Author Dara Lind states, “The US is rejecting the very idea of a “global refugee crisis” — instead taking it for granted that countries have a responsibility for the lives of their citizens, and that if those countries have failed, people who are similar to the displaced citizens ought to step up to help.”
Because Trump seems to have some issues understanding the migrant crisis, I’ve made this list to help him understand better:
- Not all refugees are terrorists. According to the Cato Institute, the chance of being killed by a refugee in America is one in 3.6 billion.
- Refugees go through extensive screenings in order to enter to United States, including interviews, background checks, medical screenings, and classes.
- Giving humanitarian aid is not the same as offering asylum for refugees.
- Refugees benefit the economy by working a diverse range of jobs and filling up the workforce.
- Refugee resettlement is a critical foreign policy and national security tool.
- Most Americans welcome refugees. The numbers of Americans stepping up to volunteer to assist refugees has also grown exponentially in the last few years.
- It is the morally right thing to do. These are real people seeking real help.