Should Europe accept Syrian refugees?

Due to the terrible war that Syria is going through millions of habitats have decided to leave the country. They are seeking for refuge in any place where they can find it. Many of them have looked for shelter in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Egypt. Thousand of other Syrian refugees do not stay in those refugee camps. They look for a better future in other distant countries. They look for the opportunity to have a life again, but in Europe nations. The question that many people are asking is if Europe should accept Syrian refugees.

Some people agree to revive Syrian refugees, but others are not. Each one of these positions is very valid. You have to think about the needs of all those who are Syrians who need help. We must also think about the consequences for Europe of accepting hundreds of refugees. Europe seems to have split into the “compassionate” west and “selfish” east.

Some people like Dennis Prager and countries like France, Poland, along with Hungary affirm that the praise of some European nations is not prepared to receive hundreds of immigrants. There is also the fact that, they think that, by accepting Syrian refugees, Europe would be the gateway to terrorism, because the majority of Syrians who are seeking refuge are Muslims. Many people believe that terrorism directly related to being Muslim. Due to the terrorist attacks that some Europe nations had faced past years. Warsaw shrugged off the threat. The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris were produced fear by bringing the group’s crimes. Politicians had generalized refugees with terrorists. Also in response to the influx of refugees there, has been that refugees take jobs from native workers and reduce wages is affecting the economy.

In May 2017, Jarosław Kaczyński, the party’s leader, and Poland’s de facto ruler was arguing that accepting refugees “would have to completely change our culture and radically lower the level of safety in our country….would have to use some repression [to prevent] a wave of aggression, especially toward women” on the part of asylum seekers. They want to help the Syrian refugees. They do not know the kind of people who are entering their countries, it is true that they are refugees, but at the same time, they are illegal immigrants. They strangers who have many needs.

There are many people like John Shattuck, James Crisp, and countries like Greece and Germany who are giving a welcome to all those Syrian refugees who are seeking shelter. They are aware of all the sacrifice and pain that the Syrians have gone through due to the war that is devastating their country. Think that you could be one of them, a citizen who lost his identity and roots, a mother who has lost her children, a father who has lost his family, a child that had lost everything. According to John Shattuck, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, “Europe… should open [its] doors to Syrian. They are the victims of the Islamic State and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime. Terrorism has destroyed their homelands. Not only is offering them refuge the right thing to do; it is also good for our security.”

The road that many Syrians have traveled to reach Europe has been very long and inhumane. Many of them have walked from Syria to Europe. Thousands have died on the road. Many others have crossed the Mediterranean Sea, and have been shipwrecked. When they arriving to Europe, the countries and the people reject them not because they are Syrians but because they are Muslims. Everyone has their own beliefs and traditions, and that should be respected. Western leaders cannot simply wish the refugee crisis away by turning their backs on those fleeing terror. Asylum-seekers will continue to pour into Europe in large numbers, with the United Nations Refugee Agency predicting a 44% increasenext year. And in spite of all that sacrifice, Europe does not want to receive them. Few countries and people have welcomed the Syrian refugees. Much of this is due to the fear created by biases about Muslim people and terrorist attacks in Europe. The Syrians should not be judged by what other Muslim compatriots have done.

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