Refugees:
very first victim of terrorism

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The world is full of desperate people fleeing persecution and war in search of a safe niche for themselves and their families.

 

Firstly, the emotion of sympathy can be directly associated with helping the refugees on grounds of humanity. On one hand, accepting refugees may be seen beneficial for everyone. Many of the refugees may be devoted to education and self-reliance. They may bring new skills and dynamism into the existing workforces.



On the other hand, accepting the refugees can jeopardise the country’s immigration system, employment opportunities for the citizens and school and college admissions. It could also result in food scarcity and become a burden on the resources and destabilise growth plans of the concerned nation.



Considering the above facts, should we open our borders to all those who want to enter?

 

Discussion

  1. Unknown School Name

    A country's response to a person seeking 'refuge' measures its commitment to humanity. NOBODY desires to become a refugee, it's simply fleeing persecution and danger to self and to one's families. 


    In recent history, India has stood tall in South Asia in sheltering various communities. Without regard for race, religion, social group or political opinion, India has stood by, amongst others, the Tibetans in the 50s & 60s, Bangladeshis in the 70s, the Afghans in the 80s & the Tamils in the 90s - totalling across all the above, millions. This is not including India's partition - which rendered millions homeless across the subcontinent!



    In general, I can't find reason why India should, or will, stop 'acting from the heart'  to shelter the persecuted. It's been part of our culture (from long before 1947) to welcome and integrate communities from across the globe.



    However, as our experiences have taught us, only 'acting from the heart' without comprehensively also 'thinking with the mind' will be foolhardy. We must not disregard objectively assessed risks to national security. And we must plan for rehabilitation, timely delivery of health & education services & meaningful integration with contribution to society. 



    Otherwise, in due course, the competing demands on an already stressed infrastructure will likely lacerate the very social order that welcoming refugees was hoping to achieve.



    Ambika Pant

  1. Unknown School Name

    Refugees are a liability to a country’s economy as they not only hinder the employment rate but also it is seen that the crime rate increases. 

    However, ALL LIVES MATTER. We cannot neglect innocent children and senior citizens who have been deprived of their human rights, it is basic humanity to help those in need. 

    Therefore, I believe refugees should be allowed into our country.

    • Unknown School Name

      Ma'am, 

      What in your opinion are feasible solutions  to tackle growing crime rates and other problems related to refugees so that the nations do not have to compromise on national security and integrity to fulfill a humanitarian need .

  1. Unknown School Name

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once said “The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning.”

    In the ongoing dramatic year of 2017 a mass migration of Rohingyas took place because of the inhuman killings and atrocities of the Myanmar army which resulted in millions of these people to arrive at the borders of Bangladesh. In response Bangladesh wholeheartedly opened its borders to these grief stricken people which set a new pillar in the history of humanity. But how much feasible is it for an economically developing country which is yet to ensure food for its own citizens, to open borders to millions of jobless men, despondent women and tormented children ? Is it at that time that one considers them to be a liability? Or is it at that time when humanitarian acts matter more and they become a responsibility? Whichever way, I believe that the only way to end this inhumane chain of events is to set an example once and for all, for the current generation and the upcoming generations of this world, by punishing the people behind this regardless of whether it was an individual or a whole government of a country. A rational decision and a unified approach to this global issue will prove to be vital and only then will the dream of a peaceful Earth will seem to be more reachable.


    Navid Faiyaz

    Scholastica,Bangladesh

    • Unknown School Name

      Sir ,

      Wise words and you seem to have a clear grip on your nation's domestic policy towards refugees .

      I would like to  ask you shouldn't prosecution of the culprits of this mass ethnic cleansing  be of secondary priority after the  acceptance and care of refugees? Justice for such heinous crimes  should be our aim but  ,in my opinion, prevention of further human rights violations  through dialogue , unilateral and bilateral measures , and global pressure  and the rehabilitation and care of refugees  supersede in importance . 

      Would you care to elaborate a bit please .

    • Unknown School Name

      Towards abhyudayj 

      Thank you sir for giving me an opportunity to further clarify my statements.

      See sir, Bangladesh is a country which prioritizes humanity and hospitality over a lot of things. When there were millions of refugees wanting help from us we opened our borders to give them a place to stay but understand that it is only a temporary solution. Whenever there is a refugee crisis anywhere in the world  there are summits, discussions and meetings held to adopt a resolution to tackle the situation but the appropriate implementation is not always done. 

      Your concern is that our top priority should be is to make sure that the refugees are accepted and given all the rights they need and I couldn't agree with you more. A few days back a key UN committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Myanmar's authorities to end military operations against Rohingya Muslims, ensure their voluntary return from Bangladesh and grant them "full citizenship rights." The General Assembly's human rights committee approved the resolution sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation by a vote of 135-10 with 26 abstentions. Countries those voted a "NO" include China, Russia, Philippines and more while countries those abstained include India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and more. While 135 countries believe that Myanmar should accept the Rohingyas 36 countries have another say. 

      However I still stand strongly by the fact that the people behind this should be punished. All these years we have only seen resolutions being adopted to accept refugees back to their rightful country but none of us talk about punishing the people who burned villages, killed innocent people and raped women. As you said we need to prevent further human rights violation but that can only be done when all nations get to know what will happen if you take away the rights of your people. Unilateral. Bilateral and Multilateral treaties and discussions may be held to make country stances clear on the situation so an appropriate and fruitful approach towards the solution can be made. If there are countries which support the inhumane acts carried out by the Myanmar forces then all I have to say is that I hope they have a good reason for it. Hope that clarifies your doubt sir.

  1. Unknown School Name


    Allowing refugees to enter is both a responsibility and liability. I think it is important to consider the country they plan to live in first before allowing them to keep entering. It is true that there are positive and negative effects on the country in general. This is why observing how the country can act upon the situation of many entering refugees is very important. Reaching out and helping others is the natural and right act to do. It is true that these people are just like us human beings and they should be assisted in times of need. We cannot just let them suffer elsewhere. However, if the negative effects are greater than the positive effects, it could be better if there would be limitations set. Of course, no country would want to suffer too because of what they are doing. Therefore, it is necessary to see what the impacts of refugees would bring upon the country, and balance and limitations must be put into mind too.

  1. Unknown School Name

    Tito Boeri, President of the Italian Social Security Administration, has stated that in Italy, migrants pay about €5 billion ($5.7 billion) a year (roughly 0.3% of GDP) more in contributions than they receive in benefits and that only with the free movement of workers throughout Europe will its economy be restored. He considers refugees a resource in this sense, who need to gain legal status quickly and smoothly in order for them to contribute to the economy legally, instead of being led inevitably into working illegally.