Turn­ing back refugees isn’t a vic­tory

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS - Som­sak Pola Dennis Fitzger­ald

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.

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