Tuesday 25 July 2017

Despite our history and traditions, we have abandoned war refugees

A migrant walks past debris from makeshift shelters during the dismantlement of the camp called the
A migrant walks past debris from makeshift shelters during the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais
Angela Merkel
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

With the closure of the Calais 'Jungle', there is much criticism of the French and British authorities for their apparently harsh attitude on the question of migrants and refugees.

But what are we doing in Ireland, the 'land of a thousand welcomes', which was supposed to traditionally support the underdog and the oppressed?

So far a derisory number of refugees from Syria, and from war zones elsewhere, have been settled in Ireland - and even these small numbers seemed to have created public disquiet in our new culture of giving vent to every opinion, no matter how unpleasant.

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