Refugeesshould enter a country and be treated as citizens
TheSyrian refugee crisis has caught the world, and especially Europe, ata surprise. Believed to be the largest civilian displacementoccurrence since the Second World War, the situation has elicitedsharp reactions from stakeholders in powerful nations on whether theyshould open their borders to these immigrants. Coming from Muslimmajority countries, the plight of these victims of terrorism andpersecution by dictatorial regimes is supported by religious teachingthat requires them to seek asylum from persecution and be entitled toall the rights which are associated with their new status. However,opposing opinions about the treatment of refugees have led tothousands being held in camps where their condition continue todeteriorate. The paper evaluates the issues of refugee treatment innations they are looking to gain asylum. It seeks to show thatrefugees should be able to enter stable countries and be treated ascitizens.
Thereare several reasons that can be advanced to make a case for offeringrefugees the citizenship of their host nation. Firstly, refugees arean economic benefit to the host nation. Most western countries andparticularly those in Europe have a workforce crisis as most of theirpopulation is heading to the retirement age. Economist approximatethat the region is required to inject over 50 million active workersto avoid stagnation by 2060 (Hafner, 33). The inflow of refugees tothese nations offer a vital opportunity to ensure that this isachieved. A good casing point is Germany that has taken a significantpercentage of all refugees admitted in Europe. The economy of thisnation has started to reflect the input of these immigrant workers.
Additionally,studies show that nations friendly to refugees experience an upwardsurge in their economy regardless of the situation. The exposure toa new environment provide opportunities for these individual as theytry to better their lives. This is because they engage inentrepreneurship, production, consumption and exchange of capital.Moreover, they create jobs that offer employment to both their fellowrefugees and natives of the land.
Secondly,it is the obligation of everyone to offer refuge to theircounterparts in times of distress. This is a teaching that cutsacross all religions. In a society that requires all government toensure that human dignity is upheld for all, offering asylum to theserefugees should be a priority. History has shown that conflict is amatter that can affect every nation as it was witnessed during thefirst and Second World War. Thus, it is important for developedsocieties to offer a helping hand for those in distress because theymight be in a similar position in a future time and enlist for helpfrom other nations (Carlier, 16). Additionally, offering asylum tothese individuals is an affirmation of the fact that people are moresimilar that different regardless of their religion, race, gender,belief or nationality. Thus, it is important for societies toconcentrate more on the similarities as this will enable them to viewrefugees in a manner that allows them to offer help.
Thoseagainst the suggestion to offer citizenship to refugees seekingasylum in Western nations have advanced the reason that this providesan avenue for terrorists to gain entrance and create terror for thelocal population. The rhetoric is being promoted by politicians thathold a significant amount of influence in western countries withRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump for the US been themost vocal on the issues (Orchard, 41). Those using this argumenthave cited increased terror attacks in Europe over the last severalmonths as a good casing point for their concerns.
Theabove concerns, though alarming, should not be used as a basis fordenying asylum to refugees fleeing their country because of violence.Records have shown that of the close to a million Syrian refugeesthat have been granted asylum in Europe, only three have beensuccessfully convicted with planning or carrying out a terroristattack. This is a figure that has no statistical significance for aperson trying to draw some correlation between refugees andterrorism. Additionally, research has shown that local civilians aremore likely to engage in criminal activities than refugees. Thus,having more refugees lowers the average chances of a personcommitting a crime. Moreover, in places like the US where refugeesare a major terror concern, it has been proven that there are easierways for terrorists to gain access to the country that throughrefugees’ status which is subjects to vigorous scrutiny by both thegovernment and the United Nations (Rodríguez, 37).
Inconclusion, the above discussion makes a convincing case as to whyrefugees need not be treated differently when they get to a nationwhere they are seeking asylum. It is my view that stable governmentsshould allow refugees to enter their borders and be grantedcitizenship status with all the rights associated with it. However,this does not underscore the concerns raised by those opposed toassimilation of refugees in different countries. I believe that everyindividual entering the nation through a refugee’s channel shouldbe taken through a vigorous background check to ensure that they donot pose any threat to the nation hosting them. This policy should beimplemented to ensure that societies do not have to pay the highprice of terrorism because of their kindness and willingness to helpthose in distress. Additionally, engaging in these checks willalienate all the doubts held by those against allowing refugees intothe country, and this will play a vital role in expediting theassimilation process of the refugees and enabling them to take theirnew status as citizens of the host nation.
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