As Nelson Mandela, one of the most famous politicians said “Everything seems impossible until it is done”, other problems and challenges could occur that we might face. Yet we, as human beings have responsibilities to protect the refugees. When properly managed, the refugees may have far-reaching potentials and their communities as well. And consequently they would serve as part of the society which contributes for the economic growth of the country, overcoming ethnic differences and winning the fight for position among other people.
This is the story of Zerina Karup. She came to Ireland as a refugee when she was a baby. She is now studying Development Practice at the Trinity College Dublin. This summer she will be in Kenya for three month with the United Nations World Food programme to do research for her dissertation on the socio-economic impact of home-grown school feeding programmes. Her story underlines the importance of support systems for refugees. They allow people to thrive. They allow refugees to achieve their full potential, grow as people, and give back. It is a long-term investment.
Most Europeans do not possibly remember when they last saw a news show where the Syrian conflict was not mentioned. It sometimes appears that we almost got used to hearing about renewed bombings, numerous casualties and fruitless attempts of diplomats to alter the course of events in the Middle East region. However, taking a closer look at the developments in Syria might help to understand many processes in the contemporary world starting with the refugee crisis and ending with the continuing hostility between the United States and Russia.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of opening the borders for refugees? What is Europe’s responsability?
“The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two” states a report by the UN refugee agency. What is Europe’s responsibility towards the refugees and what are the fears of some Europeans?
“My personal requirement to the new European leadership would develop on two levels. First of all it is necessary to make the citizens, especially the new generations, feel more involved. The second point would be to better organize the procedures to welcome, host and help the incoming immigrants.”