EUROPEAN MIGRATION CRISIS
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The world is changing. we talk about globalization, we are inventing new things and trying to make our life easy and beautiful. Society is more educated now and the graph is increasing day by day. we are capable to do this because we got the opportunity to take education.we have a family we live together and take care of each other. We do work so that we can earn money for leaving.we are people with different cultures and traditions and we respect that.we have a government which is chosen by all of us. but we are just one side of the coin, There is one another world.
Due to war, religious issues, economic issues, political issue people from southwestern Asia South Asia and African countries are trying to migrate to Europe.from January 2015 to March 2016 number of asylum seekers was around 1 million and the number is increasing day by day and the death or missing ratio in this type of activities is more than 2 persons per 100 people.
A few years back due to fewer asylum seekers Europa union welcomed them, but now situations are very critical. Many countries take about one year to accept the application.And many times it gets rejected.now mostly they accept asylum applications from Syrian people, afghani and other asylum seekers facing difficulties for this.They keep traveling from one country to another.as most of them are coming from South Asian countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and African countries with really different climatic region They are struggling for food, clothes, and shelter. Also due to culture difference, they face problems sometimes. I visited Lesvos one of the most affected islands of Greece.we did a field study, and we met with many organizations, NGO’s and humanitarian people who are continuously working on this issue.we visited two camps one PIKPA which is organized by humanitarian people and the other one leonas at Athens by government.i clearly saw the difference between these two places, maybe it’s because of the different group of people organizing it or may be due to the population of people living in the camp.I think in this type of things government should cooperate with humanitarian groups and let them organize such camps, because after all its not only about the shelter.the hope for better life is the thing makes them keep trying.
Different regions of the world are facing a different type of issues. Many of the Asian countries are still fighting with each other because of religion and land.they are still into building military power, safe borders, and nuclear weapons. before coming to Europe I was not at all aware of this issue, and media has a big role in it. After all, everyone tries to solve there own problems first and then starts looking at matters on the global level. I think its a matter of humanity and according to my observations and research till date, I will say it will not be possible to resolve this problem without unity. The European Union may be trying to work on it but every country inside has different rules.
I cant see participation from many Asian countries like UAE, Russia, China.There are others countries too but most of them are developing countries who have already faced bad economical conditions.and due to different religious beliefs it’s not safe for them to move there. In couturiers like India Srilanka Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan conditions are already critical.also factors like population matters. Because of the high population, many people are jobless and don’t want any foreigner to come and become a competition for them.even Greece is facing economical Challenge due to a large number of migrants.
As there one of the main sources of income tourism is getting affected due to the overpopulation of asylum seekers on their islands. And if the number of migrants will increase like this I think one day many countries start refusing any more asylum seekers. Many countries already started constructing walls. And we cant blame them for this as they will obviously think about there people too. and as everyone wants a better life, in future there will be more and more asylum seekers.setting camps and giving free food, clothes are not a proper solution according to me.
We may stop the war but we cant change everyone’s thinking, and I think few things like religions issues in Asia will take many years more to be solved. In a recent clash in Myanmar with Rohingya Muslims and with Sunni in Western Asia are really challenging to solve and it will take lots of time.
Due to these things, it is really challenging to find a proper solution.
I think its time to work on both permanent and temporary solution at the same time now. permanent solutions will take time but till then we should go with the temporary solution. But the ultimate goal is the permanent solution.
The world is full of diversity, different regions of the world have a different type of people, they feel comfortable in different spaces with different materials they are in different situations. we live in an environment comfortable for us. We always think about us and our families security, privacy and future.what if some situations make us leave these things behind?
I think this context is really important because they are suffering because of someone else decisions and actions, very few people cares about there human rights.I feel it very relevant to me because I lived in different parts of India for study purpose and many times I have faced some problems because I was an outsider even though I have the nationality of that country, I don’t use to feel safe. But I knew that I have a particular area where I can go anytime if I don’t feel safe, I have a family and friends to help me out with any situations.but conditions are really worse for international migrants they don’t have any proper support,any place to go back, what are they doing is looking for is better place to live with future for there children and family.
Once I had visited slum area(migrants from different states or rural area in India) near my school in India, they were living in really bad condition. I asked them few questions like, what you do for living and where are you from, why are you here, do government support you,do your children go to school, what do you think about there future and all.more than his answers one questions asked by him made me more nervous, he asked what will you do by knowing our situation?many strangers like you come here and ask us same questions and I never saw them again.and what we did? we started going there every Saturday to spend some time with there children we used to teach then sketching and basic education, but after coming here and visiting Greece I started thinking again, was that an appropriate action on my questions? or it was just another humanitarian move. Even they get education Most of them beg on streets part time till they become young and then they start helping there father in his work which is mostly auto driving, working on streets, junk collecting etc.what they think, what is more important for them, money or education? Or its a condition making them do that. The government gave them houses in one part of a city which is far away from there workplaces so what they do now is they still live in slums and gives those houses on rent use that money for living.what is more important for them, shelter or a job?
For everything, I was comparing this two different but bit similar scenarios.like in Lesvos people are working on situations like this but is a temporary solution just like India did in the past.the internal migration in India is four times the migration happening worldwide, the population is moving towards cities.because of no permanent actions and increasing number, many people are suffering, both migrants and local people. they said we are sending children to the schools we are providing them education but, is this education enough to make them success full in this competitive world?what about adults?wasem one of the victim, even though his financial conditions was a bit OK, he strangled a lot to continue his studies, then how is this crisis affecting normal adult refugees? Most of the refugees used to take education in their own native language, now in different country different language, even if we start teaching them a new language and they don’t gate asylum they have to change the country and again same things.
I see this crisis becoming a bit similar to the present condition of India. In lesbos we saw two camps, conditions of both the camp were different, one was like a small village but on the other hand conditions of another camp were really bad.what are the factors responsible for this?population, people organizing it, given treatment or government?
Another thing I was thinking about was how are we going to deal with fear or hate?fear of losing jobs for local people and of not gating one for migrants.fear of facing bad behavior from local people for refugee and of activities like terrorist attach and robbery for local people.fear of losing their culture for migrants and of influence of other cultures for local people.few examples like what happened in Israel and few parts of India like Hyderabad, Mumbai makes me think about that.
I would like to work more on how can we give them a better life and not only shelter food or cloths. I think the situations are still controllable but the proper direction is very necessary.
till now in my text I had written about how are the things now and what are the situations. how can we create peace between these situations and facts? as Mahatma Gandhi said once, we can achieve our goals by working on issues calmly without getting violent, and that’s how we can make peace also. riots are not healthy for anyone. by spreading more and more awareness in people, by educating everyone about the facts, what exactly is happening all over the globe. I know that its a long time process and it’s really hard to change peoples mind but proper steps can make the change.mahatma Gandhi’s views gave independence to Indian people, it proves that it’s practically possible. many artists like Ai Weiwei became the voice of migrants, they spread awareness, criticise laws through there artworks and exhibitions.
Artwork by Ai weiwei
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Pikpa refugee camp, Lesvos (Greece)
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