Recently Refugees and Asylum Seekers have been much in the news with the terms being much abused in the process. I thought it might be of interest to look at some realistic options and some unrealistic options for the future.
First of all we need to define what a refugee is, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
" The 1951 Refugee Convention spells out that a refugee is someone who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country." "
It goes on to say:
" But refugees and migrants, even if they often travel in the same way, are fundamentally different, and for that reason are treated very differently under modern international law.
So in short a refugee is someone with a genuine reason to fear for their life and who believes that they must flee their own country in order to live. Are the people we are currently seeing on our TV screens refugees?
No, a refugee cannot country shop, under International law they have a right to safety but not much else. It is not a crime to seek asylum, however it is a crime to break the law, even immigration law and not only is criminal behavour being allowed it is being encouraged. When a country refuses to enforce it's own laws it seems a bit ridiculous to expect others to obey it.
So what can be done?
Here we have two separate issues:
1) Refugees fleeing from genuine danger
2) Economic migrants fleeing economic disaster
Each require different approaches.
The vast majority of refugees want to return to the life they had, in their own country amongst their own people. And that should be our objective as well. Only in the most extreme cases should that principle be violated.
A.We should endeavour to keep people as close to their own country as possible.
B. We should encourage countries with similar ethnic, racial or religious beliefs to accept as many temporary or permanent refugees as possible. Even if we have to help them financially.
C. Only when it is impossible for refugees to return to their own country should permanent settlement be an option.
D. Any Refugees allowed in should be temporary, with a long period, 25 years, before they can claim Permanent Residence or Citizenship.
2. Economic Migrants
Any Migrant who breaks the law, including immigration law should be deported. Only those who arrive legally as part of an orderly immigration policy should be allowed to stay, all others have broken the law and should be deported. Including those who have already arrived illegally.
If the West exists on the Principle of the Rule of Law, then it applies to our Governments and to all equally, Native born, Immigrant, Refugee and Economic Migrant. If we are the only ones who the Government expects to obey the Rule of Law then the Government is on the side of injustice.
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