Turning back refugees isn’t a victory
Italy is a beautiful country full of history and culture but now not refugees.
Refugees seem to be everywhere. They look different and speak differently, but if you get past this simplistic, innacurate stereotyping you will find a range of normal people who are escaping from horrors that, fortunately, most people have no idea about.
Italy was wrong to refuse the shipload of refugees and to tweet it as a “victory” as the Minister Matteo Salvini did, because people must be safe even if others are inconvenienced. Spain showed a kinder heart and a stronger character and acted to help the unfortunate souls. This is only one example of an issue that is going to be ongoing. Australia, where I live, however also has a poor approach to refugees, at least at the political level.
The solution lies not with where they are going but with why they are leaving their own countries. If there were peace and prosperity then there would be few refugees.
We should welcome the lost and work on making life better for all.