With the recent closing of “the jungle¹” in Calais and other which caused concern in Paris¹ ‘refugee’ camps, it’s not surprising to see the “migrant crisis” appearing once against in the news. What is surprising, however, is the way in which this is being reported.
From the outset of this ‘crisis’, the public has been told time and time again that these people are refugees, people escaping the horrors of war. Naturally, those opposed to offering aid to these people in need are branded xenophobes¹, Nazis¹, and more regardless of the validity of their concerns regarding not just the origins¹ of these¹ ‘refugees’, but the motives¹ of ‘refugees¹‘ as well.
Women and children¹ from Syria¹ are often portrayed as the largest number of refugees in Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and other countries in the region¹. Though the reality is seldom what is reported, nor is it a similar story in Europe¹, where the total number is 54% male at the time of writing, though has been¹ reported¹ as much¹ higher¹. ‘Child’¹ refugees are often questionable and methodologies used by governments to determine what constitutes a child refugee are at times laughable. Let alone any checks used to determine whether or not ‘refugees’ are actually from the areas which constitute a need for asylum. For instance, in Sweden is has been reported that a child asylum claim is to be accepted if the applicant “does not look as if he is over 40¹“*. This despite a number of issues¹ stemming from the Swedish¹ asylum¹ system.
‘Supporters’ often meet resistence with chants of “refugees welcome” and “no human is illegal”, but this is not and has never been about people themselves being illegal¹** but rather, people breaking the law. The emotional plea (and attempts at crackdown on language) appears to be little more than an attempt to distract from the realities which bring rise to people smugglers and gateways for criminal elements¹ and terrorism¹ both of those on the way and those already in the EU¹. Not to mention turning of blind eyes to violence¹ and¹ sexual¹ assault¹***.
Of course, support also comes from media outlets happy distort the lines between those in need and, for lack of a better phrase, those in want. Though not alone¹, the intended goal appears the same, a ‘positive twist’ on a situation well out of control which paints many groups with the same brush of victimhood.
A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.
With a disastrous deal with Turkey¹, and an EU¹ that hopes others can take care of its problems, only the ‘migrants’ are often becoming a protected group. Ultimately one has to wonder if any plans¹ and rules¹ will honestly take effect¹.
After all, if everyone is to be given (permanent) asylum, who will be left to fight for, stabilize and rebuild the countries these people flee?
**Original link behind paywall, archive available.