Saturday 3 December 2016

We need a clear-headed, realistic response to the refugee crisis

Published 21/09/2015 | 02:30

German President Joachim Gauck, second left, visits an asylum seekers' centre in Berlin, Germany
German President Joachim Gauck, second left, visits an asylum seekers' centre in Berlin, Germany

The refugee crisis has triggered much emoting, with little tolerance for arguments that compassionate treatment of individual genuine cases must be accompanied by rational thinking and decision making taking into account the long-term, broader picture.

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To a degree, this has been driven by a manipulative media selectively using mostly images of crying children and not the many young men who perhaps should be home fighting for their country, as well as the many people who are clearly economic migrants.

In Ireland, many have mentioned the Famine and how millions were welcomed into the USA.

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