The topic about the refugees has always been and will be a burning problem. And, we can say that the rising number of climate-change refugees is one of the most important issues facing our society nowadays. We live in such an age that many people are free to choose a better way of living. Yet, some are forced to make the decision to leave their homes due to political clashes. “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of shark” (Warsan Shire, 2011) – by ignoring the trend of the fleeing refugees, the world leaders have now allowed one of the largest global humanitarian crisis to unfold. Nevertheless, the situation can be kept under control by taking actions.
A few famous, populistic, politicians say we have to overthink our own Western Norms and Values and protect them first, instead of just taking everyone. Even though they see norms and values, which are normal to us, in another way. So, my question, what are these norms and values exactly?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of opening the borders for refugees? What is Europe’s responsability?
Article 14 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution’. Should this not be enough reason for Europe to open its borders for Syrian and Afghan refugees?
The terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 and the terror in many parts of the world today (e.g. IS and Boko Haram) demonstrate that our world leaders have to take inconvinient, but necessary choices.
Europe needs to become stronger in order to master the crisis at its own level as well as dealing with global threats. This week, Prof. Pohl writes about a political Union and the set up of a European army.