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Can the World Deal With Migration?

September 28, 2016
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Disease is rife in the "Jungle" — a camp for refugees and migrants in Calais, France. Photo credit: Alastair Jamieson / NBC News

Disease is rife in the “Jungle” — a camp for refugees and migrants in Calais, France. Photo credit: Alastair Jamieson / NBC News

The United States does not have a migration problem.  Which countries do have migration problems? Turkey, Greece, France, Jordan, Italy and Great Britain all have big migration problems.

Migrants continue to reach Calais, France. Their end-goal is to reach England. They will do anything to cross the English Channel to England. They block traffic and jump on top of the stopped trucks. They continue to build tent cities (called “jungles”.) There are walls to keep migrants out of Britain.

The French tried to take down the “jungles.” They are rebuilt within days. The government says its will finish the job by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the migrant men stand around. They have no jobs. Meanwhile, aid groups feed the migrant families.

Calais is an example of failure at all levels to manage migration.

What happens when a country tries to do the right thing? Greece is an example of good intentions. Greece wants to place some migrant children in local schools. Most of the local schools say “no.” The migrant children come from different backgrounds. Parents fear they might disrupt learning. They also fear the migrant children might have diseases. They worry about vaccinations.

Those who resist migrants often use religion as a reason. They say the refugees have a “different outlook.” They say the role of the migrant family also is different. They add that migrant children would “alter the Greek character of the schools.”

There is a lot of disagreement about this issue. Many Greeks feel that migrant kids should be in school. All parties want the program to proceed with caution.

All migrants have one thing in common. They are waiting for their asylum papers.

The primary reasons people migrate are poverty and violence. Few find a solution when they arrive in Turkey, Jordan, Libya or Greece. The failure to end the war in Syria has added to global misery.

Sources: The New York Times September 26, 2016 & The New York Times September 25, 2016

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