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Why you need to know about the asylum seeker crisis

Since that morning we saw the toddler washed up on European shores nations around the world have had the reality of the crisis brought home. I echo the question of many that I have spoken to, as cynical as it sounds; Why did it take for this photo to be shown before we, as the developed nations, took notice of the inhumane death trap of a journey that asylum seekers are making from their war-torn countries?

The ‘reality’ of the asylum seeker crisis and why they’re turning up on our shores really hasn’t been brought home enough, though, has it? This article won’t even serve a tiny percent of justice either. This is just a start.

I can see that this ‘reality’ us wealthier nations are shown isn’t enough for us to take down our fences, or for the ignoramuses of society to stop posting racist Britain First photos about “foreigners having to pay for their medical treatment, because we have to when we go overseas”.

Firstly, let’s get our facts straight. When I landed fresh off the plane from Britain I paid the same to see the doctor, as the kiwis and the Australians, which is approximately $40NZD. The fact that it’s the same as the kiwis, then, means that it’s a 0% difference between them as the citizens, and me as the foreigner. Just like when I went to Vietnam and I had excruciating food poisoning and I paid a pathetic $1USD for some intestinal saving antibiotics. Isn’t there a standard price of around 7.45GBP (my NZ laptop does not have the sterling pound) for a prescription in Britain now? Cor, imagine if you were Vietnamese in need of some antibiotics! You would be paying a premium, wouldn’t you.

Secondly, I won’t even begin to waste my time on how “they’re all coming over to take our jobs.” As it must be really hard for these ignoramuses I speak of whose wife or husband, mother or father, children or babies have their health, their homes, and are without fear of their house being bombed with them inside of it. It must be hard not to have to cram your family on board a boat filled with terror because it is likely you or someone in your family will drown and are going to die on the way. How does that not scream desperation out to the ignoramuses?

We are one world. We should be doing more.

Since reading Tracey Barnett’s book, The Quiet War on Asylum (2014), I have fallen upon some astonishing facts that for some reason I must have missed when reading the international papers, or they didn’t find them politically beneficial, who knows.

So, I thought I would point them out for you.

  1. “According to international refugee law, officially asking for asylum is the legal way of entering a country to gain refuge and safety, no matter how you arrive.”
  2. “…spontaneous asylum arrival not only is legal but is a foundation of the protection drawn up in UN Refugee Convention.”
  3. “…those familiar with the process understand that the words ‘queue jumper’ and ‘illegals’ are an entirely political construct.”
  4. “Just try explaining the multi-headed complexities of international refugee settlement factors in one sound bite and asylum seekers immediately lose the war of words.”
  5. “…all refugees begin as ‘asylum seekers’ […]. One overriding factor needs to be established for a person to become a refugee: you must have been forced to flee persecution in your home country, most often due to war or conflict.”
  6. “It is rare for a refugee to give up the dream of returning home. For most of the 99 per cent of refugees who will never be resettled, their goal is to go back to their former lives.”
  7. “In a confounding flip of logic, Western countries today spend billions annually to protect their boarders from traffickers, yet they contribute a fraction of this amount to international refugee aid.

There are some baffling facts there, wouldn’t you agree? As it turns out these asylum seekers are likely to wish they had their house that hadn’t been bombed and also wish that they didn’t have to get on board a boat with hundreds if not thousands of others who are also fleeing as they have no house, food, water, or safety.

They’re not ‘illegal immigrants,’ they’re asylum seekers in need of refugee status while the war in their country ends before it’s too late and they’re killed. Surprisingly, they don’t actually want to be in Britain forever to take the jobs and ruin the perfection of Europe. They don’t want to die. They don’t want their children and husbands or wives to die, either. This is why we have to help them.

I will be interviewing Gulwali Passarlay very soon whose story will relate to this very well. He fled Afghanistan after his mother paid traffickers $8000 to get him and his brother out after nearly being recruited by the Taliban after his father and grandfather were shot dead by the US army. He lost his brother on the 12 month near-death journey and hasn’t seen his mum since.

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7 thoughts on “Why you need to know about the asylum seeker crisis

  1. Really interesting post. As a Brit living in NZ, I feel glad to be far away from all of these issues, that’s for sure. I fully agree that more should be done to help these people – we cannot possibly really imagine what they are going through…but I do also believe that more has to be done to avoid these kind of situations ever beginning because prevention is far better than a cure which very few really seem to want – this cannot just be up to the Americans to police. I worry that these kind of events will continue to happen and perhaps more frequently unless peace can be found…man is a bloodthirsty and violent species and the innocent will always suffer, more so if the world population continues to grow.

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    • Thankyou for reading my post. Yes, I agree. The route of the problem needs to be addressed so that these unfortunate and innocent people don’t have to leave their beloved homeland in the first place. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be an answer for that. The Americans are, what I believe, the culprit for most of these problems, because they adopt the role of being the world’s police and their style of policing is inhumane and distorted. I really do hope to change people’s perceptions of why the world is in this crisis, and why it is our responsibility to help.

      I too am a Brit living in Auckland, isn’t it wonderful!

      Chloe

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      • I think you are right about the Americans causing issues at times. It fascinates me how many countries seem to freely adopt American culture…a culture which cannot sort out its own house and where racial crime is, according to the news at least, far from rare (and this seems to run both ways)…paranoia and distrust seem common.

        In many ways Auckland appears a paragon of virtue where multicultural peaceful living goes, although there does seem at times to be an undercurrent of dislike towards Asian immigrants.

        But yes, Auckland is lovely. So much to see and do in the area…and so much more not far away! 😀 How long have you been here? We are at around 20 months now.

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    • New Zealand really is such a peaceful place to live. I love how multi-cultural it is here. I love the different celebrations, traditions, foods, and fashions. It’s quite something compared to Britain. Perhaps it’s easier to celebrate an array of cultures here because it only has 4 mil people living here rather than 64 mil! Who knows!

      I have been here for 2 years now and loving every second! Where in the UK did you move from?

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