Refugee Crisis Is Felt Worldwide

The current refugee crisis is consuming the world.

Every continent is having to deal with the hardships of an overwhelming number of refugees arriving at their borders.

Yet, shutting them out is not an option.

These people have nowhere to go.

Fleeing poverty, war and violence, returning home is the last thing these migrants want to do.

Of these displaced people, 50 million are children, most of them traveling on their own.

According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) one out of every 45 children in the world are on the move.

The world’s most fragile and vulnerable are making the dangerous trek across seas and mountains and borders, putting their lives in the hands of smugglers who see them as a money making industry, not as human beings.

As conflict persists, the movement of children and families as well as refugees in general will only increase.

Those coming from the Middle East, Africa, mainland Asia, Southeast Asia and South and Central America will continue to make the months long trip to seek asylum in Western European countries or the United States.

Dimond Junior Alden Butzke said, “It would be great if we could integrate refugees into our society without repercussions because everyone deserves a safe place to live. However, there are economic repercussions and we do not have the screening. Letting a bunch of poor refugees into our economy would not help our already stressed system.

“If someone could come up with a policy or system to allow them in without disrupting our economy, by all means let them in. But, I don’t think we can let millions of undocumented refugees into our backyard,” he continued.

Resources are limited and documentation takes time, but accepting refugees is a must, especially those lonely children who are without any protection.

Dimond Junior Kobe Vanderwood said, “I don’t believe that refugees are bad, but as long as they manage how many are coming in and make sure they do full background checks before they come in then they should be good. It is part of our nation that we help other people have have better lives. I think we should increase the number of refugees as long as they still complete and meet all the criteria.”

It is the international duty of nations to put the health and wellbeing of children first.

As according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 6, “States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.”

Junior Denali Bunker said, “Everyone deserves a safe place to live and has the right to the same liberties and freedoms we are so lucky to enjoy. The refugee crisis is a real world issue that we need to address.”

Refugees experience tragedies of “drowning, malnutrition, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder,” as said by Caryl M. Stern, the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

This is not an issue that can be ignored.

Antara Brewer, a Dimond High English teacher, said, “I believe humans have a responsibility to help other humans at a basic level. The word refugee implies that it is for really valid reasons and that they’re in some kind of danger. I think that it’s our responsibility to help them get out of that situation.”

Declining to provide refuge for those who have gone through absolute inhuman conditions simply to be safe is complete injustice.

It is a large and complex issue that deals with financial, infrastructural and cultural concerns.

However, we must not forget what is really at stake here: human lives.

Ultimately, the political concerns need to be set aside and the matter of moral integrity and humanitarian ethics needs to be taken into consideration.