The Syrian refugee question is getting a lot of ink since the tragedy of a child washing up on a beach in Turkey. And it is a tragedy just like the tragedies occurring all over the world. Africa especially is full of these stories as is other parts of the world yet something about this particular case has caused a light storm.
Estimates that nearly half of Syria have been displaced. Imagine that here in Canada? Clearly the West has not been wanting to allow in many from Syria and can one blame them?
Is France really wanting to bring in a wave of refugees from the Middle East with its current problems?
The current crisis has Turkey and Lebanon yielding the brunt of those fleeing. Saudi Arabia? Zero. Nada. Kuwait? Quatar? UAE? Nope. Egypt has, even Iraq has, but these countries have not. Sounds kinda familiar for that area.
— Luay لؤي الخطيب (@AL_Khatteeb) September 4, 2015
Does it make sense to move refugees half way across the planet to a foreign culture or support them closer to their homes where most likely many would want to eventually return.
This is not a minor faction or group. We’re talking about a half of a country. We’re also talking about a country itself that was never big itself in taking in refugees. The amount of Palestinian refugees for example were not that large and most had to live in camps even up until the Civil War instead of allowed to become true refugees or citizens.
Clearly some of the numbers bandied by countries (Canadian PM hopeful Justin Trudeau wants 25,000) are band aids or political feel good rhetoric during a Federal election which ultimately creates a new set of issues not only for refugees, but the communities they land in en masse.
Canada itself is partaking in the War in Syria including the use of Air Strikes and probably has more of a reason to assist refugees than many EU countries.
The solutions may not be simple or easy, but opening up the flood gates may not resolve any issue either. While many countries can review and improve their support of refugees there are many solutions to consider other than immigration.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Would you like to see more Syrian refugees come to Canada? You can post your comments below.