Syrian Refugees

Ever since the Civil war broke out in March 2011, many of the Syrian people have called somewhere else home. The estimated total is around 3 million people have fled their country to look for a safe place. The large amount of refugees has cause problems of the Syrian people and their neighboring countries like Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq which have taken the most refugees. With a lot of the refugees being woman, and children, families are looking for a male to support them. Unfortunately this had led to families give their daughters up under age. Around 25% of the marriages in Jorden are illegal because they are underage. showing the poor quality of life the refugees live

With Lebanon being one of the countries that surrounds Syria it takes a lot of its refugees. Lebanon is a small country, which has a population of around 4 million, so far Lebanon has took around 1.1 million refugees, but today they announce that they will longer be willing to except Syrian refugees. Their small infrastructure has been push to the limit. What was ever left of the small, low paying job has been taken by the refugees that are already there. Lebanon has also announce that it will also tell the refugees that are currently there, to even go home, or find somewhere else to live.

To deal with the need of refugee’s Canada has been asked to host 10,000 refugees in its country. This seems to be a process that they are unwilling to accept and that they will drag their feet with. In 2013 Ottawa was supposed to accept 1,300 Syrians in 2013. When ask how many people they did accept they never give a straight answer back. It has been estimated that out of the 1,300 that Ottawa has promise to take only 200 are there. Canada has been willing to accept Filipinos, they have accepted around 1,540 because of the typhoon, but won’t take Syrians that they promise. If Canada doesn’t take these people many Syrians could be looking at a death sentence staying at home

As a world we said that would be willing to help people when their lives were on the line. So far many Syrian people were able to flee their country for a safe haven, but many more still need our help. The quality of life has dropped for the Syrian people, and now countries are turning them down, and dragging their feet with helping them out. Time could be running out as violence is spreading and can take the lives of hundreds of people anytime.

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8 thoughts on “Syrian Refugees

  1. Very sad situation. I wonder how it affects the economies of those countries that are taking in refugees- as you mentioned, Lebanon has millions of refugees, of whom are taking many of the jobs in the area. I wonder if their government or even the UN has any say in how the refugees are supposed to make a living or give sanctions to Syria for causing such a widespread movement across countries? Local peoples are most likely angered by the amount of jobs being taken away by those refugees, which then might influence investors to look into the country with low paying job opportunities- making more refugees go into that area for work! Vicious cycle…

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  2. The problem of refugees is often associated with immigration, in legal or illegal forms. Looking at the problem purely from a humanitarian perspective is insufficient to understand the problem, or to understand why a nation like Canada would not accept more. From a functional perspective, refugees crossing a border illegally is little different from illegal immigration. In the same way, legally seeking asylum in a neighboring nation is little different from legally immigrating. Thus, one must take into account how many new immigrants the nation in question is willing to accept, rather than the number of refugees it is willing to accept. Generally speaking, countries are less likely to want immigrants who do not have valuable skills, experience, or education. As such, it is hardly surprising that nations would not want a sudden influx of population that will tax social programs and dilute the workforce with cheap labor when there is little benefit to doing so apart from humanitarian concerns. There is little benefit to accepting refugees, so there isn’t much reason for nations to do so.

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    • I think this makes a very vaild and important point. When looking further into the subject, specifically in Jordan, I came across this BBC clip that seems to show two sides to this story. One that follows your point that the refugee situation has been burdensome, but also that their has been benefits from the influx of refugees. Generally, I have heard of negative impacts on countries such as Jordan and Lebanon from the refugee crises in the region, however I definitely think that this clip is worth looking at and provides some food for thought since it brought up some arguments I had yet to hear.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25980017

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  3. This is definitely an issue that is not being discussed enough in Western media outlets but it is definitely not exclusively an issue for Syrians or with Canada. Countries such as Lebanon like you mentioned can easily be overwhelmed when refugees flood their borders. The problem though as mentioned above is when refugees try to immigrate to countries that aren’t neighbors on a more permanent basis or leave the country where they sought asylum to resettle in a third country. This has socio-economic repercussions on the country that will be absorbing them. The only case I have heard of wherein widespread absorption of a refugee population to a western country occurred was in the case of the Bantu people of Somalia who were facing such harsh ethnic violence that it was deemed necessary that all of them be relocated. Otherwise only about 70,000 refugees are resettled in a given year despite the fact that there are an estimated 13 million refugees globally. (http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/refugees-fact-sheet) This means less than 1% of refugees are finally resettled in a foreign country such as Canada. This is a global issue and our current solution of implanting people into foreign lands is clearly not as effective as necessary to address the global refugee population. Furthermore though I do feel for the Syrian population, we can not lay the blame solely with Canada for addressing an issue that is systematically ignored by so many countries on such a large scale. There is clearly a far greater need than one country can hope to handle and it will require far more than just a Canadian willingness to take in refugees to solve this issue.

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  4. Refugees are large problem in the world. These people have the right to live adequately to health. This means them and their family’s should be able to have shelter, food, sanitary places, water, etc. This is in article 25 of The Universal declaration of Health and Human Rights. This declaration was written after World War 2 by Eleanor Roosevelt. Most countries in the world have signed on to this and the U.N. hosts talks to agree on human rights all the time. The problem is, no one follows up on it. The author of this blog post does a great job describing this. Canada was one of the many examples that could possibly been made. Canada agreed to accept all those refugees, but they never followed up on it. When there is much pressure by the international community on a state or few, that state will give in. Following up on it will be difficult to do. Look at Canada, If they accepted all those refugees, their system would need a reparation from the financial aid they would be giving these refugees. It is a major cost for Canada.

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  5. I just think it’s a sad situation for anyone to ever be in. We’re brought up to believe there are procedures for anyone who may need a helping hand during times like this and to have that just be thrown out of the window for some is just sad. I honestly think there should be solid concrete procedures really put into place so that no one is left behind despite the issues that it may cause. So when they are showing the public that the government is there to help them before times get rough they really don’t leave anyone behind.

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    • The treatment of refugees is a cause of concern for everyone, not just for the sake of humanity, but because we never know when the situation will turn around. We may very well need to one day seek refuge in a foreign country, and we can bet that the the people there will remember how their refugees were treated when they were down and out.

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