Sunday 22 October 2017

Choking the cause of this mass migration is vital... otherwise thousands more will die

Refugees do not have to live off the State. If we enable and empower them, they will contribute to our society just as many who have come here before. We are not the last post in their journey.
Refugees do not have to live off the State. If we enable and empower them, they will contribute to our society just as many who have come here before. We are not the last post in their journey.
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

It is almost five years since the first terrorised families escaped Syria and crossed the Turkish border. I was in Istanbul recently and saw that the Syrian refugees seeking alms differentiated themselves with a handwritten label in English, stating their origin. Our Turkish tour guide informed us that the official number of Syrian people taking refuge in Turkey is one million; the reality, she said, is more like four million.

According to the Department of Justice, Ireland has already taken in 100 refugees from Lebanon and Jordan, under the UNHCR re-settlement programme.

Before they arrive here, they are labelled and distinguished by their needs. In the next phase, we will be taking refugees who made it to Italy and Greece under the relocation scheme. Scheme after scheme, there are still 24 hours in a day in which they must eat, sleep, work and play, rather than merely exist. Our Government has failed the human beings in the 'direct provision' centres. Ten years on, many of them have never been allowed to work or participate meaningfully in society.

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