Finding a New life is Hard By Andrew Willis, John Kuendorf, and Theodore O'kane

Statistics for Middle Eastern refugees:

Thesis

Middle Eastern refugees have fled their countries because they are innocent victims of conflict and warfare. Because of stereotypes of Muslims, the vast majority of the refugees are not allowed to enter due to the lack of accurate information regarding terrorism.

As of 2015, over 1.2 million middle easterners have requested asylum in the Unites States (Zong, Jie, and Jeanne Batalova). There have only been a lucky few who were allowed to start a new life in Europe or even the United States of America. Once they are granted asylum, it's no picnic. In 2015, 91.4% of refugees from the middle east had to use food stamps. 73.1% or refugees used medicaid (Welfare Rates). They were so financially unstable that they were forced to use anything they could get. All of their prized possessions are left behind in their old life. 19.1% of refugees had to use public housing (Welfare Rates). They are desperate for a new life, and will do anything for them. It is good for them to at least get a home. That way, they can rest to go to their jobs in the morning, or if they aren’t that lucky yet, go out on the job hunt. Also, their children would be able to attend school. They can than receive an education so that when they grow up they can give their own family the gift of a happy life. No one is saying it’s easy to be a refugee, but if the families work hard at it, they can give their children a solid foundation on how to parent. They can teach them to work hard, and how to treat everyone nicely. It doesn’t matter where you came from, what you look like, or even how you dress. If you have a great work ethic and are kind, than you can be successful and happy in life.

This graph really helped me in writing my statistic paragraph. It gave me information about once they were granted asylum, and how they were living in the US.

Welfare Rates for Middle Eastern Refugees in the US. 2015. Web. 26 Jan. 2017.

Statistics for migration, like how many refugees went to the US or EU:

Between 2014 and 2015, Europe experienced a huge spike in refugees entering by boat. They were coming from the middle east, a war filled zone (UNHCR). Civil wars were, and still are sprouting out left and right. Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq were experiencing the most distress on their citizens, causing them to flee any way they can. Some people find boats, and sail away from their country that they called their home forever. They showed up at the ports of European countries, begging for entrance into their country. In 2014, around 74,865 refugees were granted asylum into Europe. Those boats changed their life forever. They could have tried to drive, run, or bike out of the country, but luckily they found a boat. They might not have been accepted if they had tried a different way, but they were fortunate enough to be accepted. People were granted asylum into Europe by ground, but it was harder. There is a tremendous amount more of people. In 2015, over 615,000 middle easterners fled from their countries. They went to Europe, hoping to start a new and better life (BBC). Unfortunately, only 292,540 refugees were granted asylum into Europe (UNHCR). Those refugees were lucky, as they were the few victims of uncivil violence that got to start a whole new life in a better Country.

How many refugees got rejected, and why they got rejected.

Over the past century, millions of Middle eastern refugees have been in need of assistance. They are forced to leave their homeland due to war and conflict, making their society too dangerous to live in. Sometimes their homes are even destroyed from war, and these innocent people need a new home far away from these conflicts.According to the Jordanian refugee Crisis, “The Syrian refugee influx into Jordan has been massive. As of June 2015, more than 620,000 Syrians were registered with the United Nations Refugee Agency in Jordan.” This shows us that hundreds of thousands of people are in need of a home. This is just a small fraction of Syrian refugees in need. Most of these refugees have been rejected from entering first world countries in Europe, and also the United States. “The United States has accepted less than 2,000 Syrian refugees, with those who have made it to the richest country in the world forced to pay a high cost.” (Refugee story) The most powerful country in the world only accepted two thousand refugees. If America has the most amount of resources, why are they not helping out the innocent? All across the middle east innocent refugees are being rejected. According to the UNHRC, “At the end of 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that over 4.4 million Iraqis were internally displaced and needed a new home.” Millions of people all across the middle east need a new home. According to daily mail, “20 refugees are killed a day.” These are innocent people dying, just because they want to find a new home because theirs are destroyed. They clearly didn't ask for this, nor did they want this. If countries opened up to these innocent refugees, lives can be saved. This graph below shows the terrorist ethnicities that have attacked on US soil. 6% are muslim. Only 6% and they are not allowed into the country while other ethnicity people are allowed in, such as latinos.

It's unfair that innocent people that just want a clean slate get rejected. Rejected from starting over. Rejected from safety. Rejected from having a new life.

Solution

The Middle Eastern refugee crisis has been brought up by many countries in Europe and even some countries farther away, but none have made a solid solution for the future. Although we cannot do more than write this informational presentation, we can definitely recommend a solution. Our solution will surely help end this crisis and give more opportunity for refugees from the Middle East to come into safer (and close by) European countries when needed. Today almost all countries, especially European ones, have fences and checkpoints to secure their borders from people illegally gaining entry. But unfortunately, if any Middle Eastern refugee that is escaping persecution or war ever comes by, they are all prohibited from entering as well. Sometimes, when these refugees really feel the need for instant safety, they won’t wait at the border for legal entrance; they may consistently attempt increasingly dangerous ways to finally escape. Security is a good option to control your borders, but it completely ignores the urgency of the refugees that really need to enter to escape their terrible and deadly experiences in their home countries. After reading this, we wondered why they would keep so many refugees outside their borders. However, we believe we have come up with a solid solution to fix the struggle for these refugees looking for safety.

The main reason why most European borders are closed to any “illegal” newcomer is because these countries often racially discriminate against illegal immigrants and most importantly refugees. This racial discrimination and and fear towards present day Muslim refugees is awful: people all think they all will bomb their countries and kill many people, so they keep them on the other side of their borders. While we agree that incoming refugees should still be checked when crossing a border, local European countries should not block out every Middle Eastern refugee from entering their country. “The million refugees and migrants who have recently arrived in Germany share little beyond the trauma of their journeys and the hope for a better life. Many are Muslim, but not all...They are, first and foremost, individuals – and bearers of rights just like everyone else....Something has gone seriously wrong when a country starts justifying sweeping restrictions on the refugees who can enter it because some of them may commit crimes” (dw.com). What these countries have to realize is that although very, very little refugees may try to commit a crime, they are all still forced to escape their countries to avoid suffering and dieing from the conflicts surrounding them. All of them need a new life in a different and usually nearby country, or they have no life at all. So, for this reason, why would the European countries block out all refugees coming from the Middle Eastern area because there is a very small chance they will become or are suicide bombers and/or terrorists? Clearly refugees coming from war or persecution have to be the most innocent people to let into a country, hence the very low percentage of extremists from that area. Clearly, this shows that the Middle Eastern refugees that are suffering serious deadly tragedies are being blocked from entering European countries, because people think that all of them are terrorists and/or suicide bombers. Therefore, banning racial discrimination and partial xenophobia (intense or irrational dislike/fear of people from other countries) throughout many of the nearby and safe countries for Middle Eastern refugees would especially be effective in solving the refugee crisis. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address, “The only thing to fear is fear itself,” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932 Presidential Election).

Even though we came up with a great solution for our informational website, we realize that the solution has only been stated. To make change and fully grab people’s attention to have them notice this solution could take various kinds of work. Simply by making informational websites like this one and maybe even more persuasive websites utilizing celebrities, we can get a lot of people to recognize the current Middle Eastern refugee crisis and it’s problems and solutions. To really help people take action and define a solution to this issue, a good answer should be mentioning this problem (and the answers) on the various kinds of social media. Therefore, people around the world would recognize the issue and move forward to helping this crisis come to an end.

You do not need to be intensely immersed in the issue and completely driven to doing it yourself as a single being. It may seem like a little, but all you are encouraged to do is to inform: tell people about the horrors of what these refugees go through compared to how countries in Europe treat them when there comes a time where they need to let refugees into their country. It is simple disrespect; normal people and especially national leaders should not be judging refugees for what they might be because of their religion and/or race. Overall, this issue has become increasingly more troublesome over the years, and nobody is there to speak up about how we can solve it or even raise awareness. So, in the end, the real solution is to make sure that these European leaders do not racially discriminate against Middle Eastern refugees and close up their borders because of an irrational fear of what might be.

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