europe refugee crisis
For vulnerable people like Leyla and Ahmed the road ahead is fraught with danger, and until refugees are provided with safe passage across borders the threat of violence or abuse will shadow them at every turn.
Recent days have brought devastating news. The authorities in Calais have announced their plans to clear almost half of the unofficial refugee camp in Calais, the Jungle. The action will mean the displacement of almost 2000 people, who have already suffered in the most awful of ways.
The Syrian refugee crisis needs to be met with structural policy responses. Individual Europeans have responded with inspiring
We have a lot in common with refugees. Who among us wouldn't flee if faced with war and persecution, and try to start a new life in a safe country which provides opportunities to flourish? Our common humanity both obliges us to make room for refugees, and gives us a way to understand them.
Syrians have a right to seek a safer future than the reality they face now. If we can't make that happen for them in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, we should not be surprised if they come and look for it here. Seeking protection and education should not be seen as a luxury and survival should never been seen as enough.