As I’m sure everyone knows, there is a very tragic and real refugee crisis going on across Europe. Thousands are fleeing from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan; and for that I can find no fault with these people. I can not even imagine the terror and horror they are fleeing from. There is no good solution for these people, and I am sympathetic to their situation.
There are limits to what we can do though. So many are saying that the government (and I mean here in the UK) isn’t being fair or reasonable to deny these people entry to the country. ‘Let them come!’ I don’t think those same people crying out to let them in have really, truly thought about what letting these thousands of refugees into the country means.
Where are they going to be housed? Who will pay to feed them? Give them clothes, and basic necessities? Who will give them jobs? What about healthcare, and schooling for the kids?
It’s all well and good to want to help, I think we all do. We see the pictures of the overcrowded trains, and the desperation in their faces, the tragedy of those who’ve drowned trying to flee by boat. And of all the faces, we certainly remember the children, those faces are the hardest to forget. Crying, frightened, hungry.
In all our efforts to do good and help, I think people forget about what comes after they reach the border and cross over. What happens to them then? Who takes care of them? I think that pretty soon the people who were railing against the government for not letting the refugees in, will be the same people demanding the government remove them from the country. They will get tired of paying for them to be here.
I do not have the answer, I don’t know how to solve the problem. but I do know you have to do more than just look at now. You have to see the bigger picture.