All power to the Germans for having the compassion to throw the doors open and offer a home to so many displaced people. This is a humanitarian crisis and drastic action is needed…..but…..what happens next.
There are 4 to 5 million people living in refugee camps as a consequence of armed conflict in the Middle East and Africa. In 2015, news travels instantly and you can guarantee that every one of those people is well aware of what’s going on Europe.
A couple of thousand people rocking up in Budapest on their way to Germany is one thing, what about a million of them ?If a million people rock up next week wanting to get into Germany, can that nation cope. If a million people tried to cross the water between Turkey and Greece next week, how many of them will be drown ?
I fear that we’re about to see disaster in Europe such is the momentum of this story.
Nobody can blame asylum seekers for trying to build a better life for their families. We’d all do the same. But I think it’s naive to think that this is just one great global village. The overwhelming numbers of refugees involved at present has the potential to trash economies. That may sound mercenary, but it’s the reality.
As far as Australia goes, our asylum policy can’t simply be defined by stopping the boats. That must be just the start of the story. If this was really about saving the lives of people trying to travel by boat to Australia, well then now that we’ve stopped them, we must take on more refugees from Syria.
I got this email from a listener to the radio program this morning.
What are your thoughts on this ?