Refugees Ousted?
By admin February 21, 2017

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In the recent crises, the talk of refugees and migrants fleeing in light of a better life has left many countries with no choice but to open their arms. Many countries seemed willing to open their doors at the start of the refugee crisis, however, growing pushback, coupled with major spike in domestic terrorism, have changed the course of how Europe is handling the crises. Given the fact that many countries allowed more refugees than their capacity would hold, they do see the consequences now, but it must not enable them to turn their backs on these refugees.

Highlighted in the media is that of Paris, France and the refugee conditions in contrast to the police brutality, as well as officials ordering for the food supply to be cut. However, other countries are sending in troops to protect borders from influx of refugees, and some are even blocking refugees from attending cultural festivals, prohibiting them from participating in daily life.

In Paris, France many refugees sleep on the streets in tents in freezing winter temperatures. Police are said to be stealing their blankets and sleeping bags and “violently” forcing them to move. The French government has pledged to keep the refugees safe in sheltered areas, however officers are beating women and children and throwing tear gas on them to leave. While Eritrean families were told by police to “get out of France,” taking their blankets in -7C temperatures. Even the Médecins Sans Frontières warned of “systematic police violence.” Natalie Stanton, deputy director of the Refugee Rights Data Project stated, “The same night the government announced a plan to keep everyone warm, we witnessed police picking up blankets and putting them in a big rubbish bin on the back of a truck, then driving away.” On the other hand, police have also recently been accused of ordering volunteers to halt food distribution in the area outside Porte de La Chapelle. Sadly, two-thirds of homeless refugees said they have been woken up and asked to move. While 54 percent said they were “violently” asked to move. About 37 percent said they have had other forms of police violence, be that physical beatings or verbal abuse. Bruno Le Roux, the interior minister, did speak out and say it was “difficult” to ensure shelter for all migrants. Shelter is an issue, but health is too. More than half of the interviewed refugees were said to have health problems. Most minors interviewed were unaccompanied. Hopefully and thankfully, the Refugee Rights Data Project is “calling for “sustainable” efforts by the French government to help get migrants off the streets and combat the “chronic absence of asylum information” that leaves the majority unaware of their rights of obligations.” For the information above, about 340 refugees were interviewed in the La Chapelle area of Paris between the 18 and 22 of January.

In other areas, such as the UK, disabled refugee children are being denied entry. The Home Office says it “cannot cope with their needs,” and thus cannot allow entry. This was “marking a new low” in the Government and the refugee crisis, indeed “people with disabilities endure unimaginable hardship during conflict, and many faced huge hurdles in escaping the violence.” While in Kenya, the court ruled that the government couldn’t close down the world’s largest refugee camp. That “the government’s decision specifically targeting Somali refugees is an act of group persecution, illegal, discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional,” spoke a High Court judge, John Mativo. In Austria, they are planning to send their troops to “protect” the EU borders against refugees. This would block many as 90,000 people applied for asylum in Austria. And seen in Germany, police have advised local authorities “not to organize refugee trips to carnival celebrations because of the risk of “undesirable interactions” with locals. Understandably, these countries are facing their own strains by welcoming refugees into their country, however they are humans fleeing persecution and must be treated fairly and equally. These actions are inhumane and countries need to stand by one another and support each other where refugee help is needed.


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