African Refugees On Stand-by

Walt, Vivienne. (2015, September 12). As Europe Begins to Welcome Syrians, African Refugees Fear Being Left Behind. Retrieved October 25, 2015 from http://time.com/4031569/migrant-crisis-europe-african-refugees/

This article, from the Time Magazine website, is on the current events topic of migration in Europe. The war in Syria has brought the worlds attention to this issue, bringing E.U leaders together to figure out how assistance can be offered to those who are fleeing the country under terror for safety. The article focuses on the fact that even though a “Europe-wide refugee policy” is being worked on, the policy is not being fair to all refugees fleeing to Europe (Walt, 2015). Specifically to Africans, of whom many are refugees just like the Syrians. Africans are crossing borders through similar dangerous obstacles, with way less money, but it may take way longer for them to be eligible for refugee assistance.

I chose this article because it relates to the assigned articles on migration in Europe and it shows perfect examples of both discourse themes. Both cases of exclusion and inclusion are shown with the acceptance and neglect migrants based on the country from which they are fleeing. The article states that E.U. leaders have learned from poor,unfair judgments made in the past due to discrimination because of religion in Europe. They claim they will treat all refugees the same and not give preference to one group over the other. This leads to think that ideas of exclusion of foreigners will be torn down in order to help those in need, but it seems like preferences will be made regardless. Africans fleeing to Europe do not see much hope in receiving refuge within the near future because preference is being given to those fleeing the war in Syria and all other countries besides Africa. Many of migrants from Africa are fleeing for reasons other than fleeing war, such as economic or prejudice over “religion and anti-gay violence” (Walt, 2015) but they are still fleeing for their own well being. They may have different reasons for migrating but they are looking for a safe haven, crossing dangerous obstacles just like the Syrians making them inclusive to the cause of helping those seeking refuge.

Reading this article, my reaction was sad and confused the whole time past the first paragraph. I was happy to read that E.U leaders at least recognize how prejudice they have been in the past by discriminating religious or ethnic groups in the past, but so confused because it does not seem to be changing their perspectives and policies too much. I do understand the difference between fleeing a country for safety because of war and migrating, moving to a different country for economic reasons, thanks to the article provided over the meanings of different words used to describe people who are migrating. I get that providing refuge for someone seeking safety is urgent, but so is providing safety for someone who can not sleep comfortable at night because of hunger or from fearing they will be attacked because of their religious or sexual preference. I also thought it was sad that a photo was taken of a Syrian boy who was found on the beach, but I also thought it was sad that Di Benedetto pointed out that attention may have only been brought to the picture because the boy was of “white skin” (Walt, 2015). I would like to think that was not the real reason attention was brought to the picture. I also hope all that is in our power is done to help everyone who is in need of refuge, unfortunate to not have been born within the exclusive borders of more privileged countries.

3 thoughts on “African Refugees On Stand-by

  1. pichardosaray says:

    This is a great example of why state and religion should be kept separately. Some are discriminated against based off their religion. Some are excluded based off the country they are fleeing from. They claim that preference is not given to any one given group over another. I believe actions speak louder than words and this has not been proven to be true as of yet.

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  2. anthonys90 says:

    I agree with pichardosaray on this article and issue of “who gets the help” and I am also glad to learn that is is some changes being made like mayraesc states. It is unfair to only help some and not others because of certain clauses. I think this will always be an ongoing issue no matter the circumstances because people will always find a way to disagree on certain topics. They will say it is ok to help aid the refugees but only if they are of christian religion, why must people always find a way to exclude most but include only some. This question will never have an easy answer but, it is nice to see that they are willing to revise the exclusions to be able to help more of these refugees no matter what reasons or where they are coming from.

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  3. eng102dulcemartinez says:

    All refugees should be treated the same. They all need help. It must be very difficult to keep control on things but that is no excuse for discriminating. I like to think that Syrians for example get more attention not just because there are so many of them but because the horrors going on at home are more known rather than because of their skin color. Maybe I’m being naïve. The media definitely has to do a better job at letting everybody know what is going on in these other countries though! I never understood why some things were never really covered in the media as much as others.

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