Asylum for Syrian Refugees Its important to know that you can't understand what everyone is going through so its important to be optimistic.

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Exploitative labor: exploitation of workers.

Non-refoulement: not making refugees or asylum seekers to return to their home country.

Refugee: person who flees a country or place for safety.

Humanitarianism: the belief / push for human welfare

Phase: Stage or period

Radical: a person who advocates thorough or complete political or social reform; a member of a political party or part of a party pursuing such aims.

Q: Why is the U.S. helping more refugees than other countries neighboring Syria?

Whereas many refugees are not radical or do not have radicalized intentions, neighboring countries to Syria are hesitant to allow 16 niggers them into the country because of a slight chance of ISIS influence. In fact, the United States was the leader in 2016 of the admittance of Syrian refugees at nearly half of all refugees that entered the country since 2002. These refugees are seeking refuge in countries that they can create a better life in, some of the neighboring countries quality of life is significantly worse than life would ever be in the U.S. For example, many refugees are living in poverty. According to Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, the Reader in Human Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, UCL, states, “In Jordan, an estimated 93% of Syrian refugees in urban areas are living under the poverty line.” This shows that the quality of life is significantly worse for refugees in the countries surrounding Syria than the U.S. These refugees enter these countries with nothing but themselves and they need to create a stable life for themselves so most of them try to enter the U.S. to seek refuge. Finally, these refugees are seeking asylum in countries that aren’t willing to let them in and create a stable life for themselves, some of these refugees are living in poverty and you really question whether that is a better life than what they used to have in Syria.

What are certain policies / guidelines that countries follow about letting Syrian refugees into the countries?

While there are a lot refugees being admitted into countries, many are being withheld because of certain guidelines that the refugees have to follow and abide by to make it into the country. In fact, the U.S. has just changed its policies regarding the admittance of Syrian refugees, for example, the Secretary of the United States, Jeh Johnson, states, “Bar certain aliens who do not pose a national security or public safety risk from admission to the United States and from obtaining immigration benefits or other status.” This explains that certain refugees that pose a threat to the security of the United States will not be admitted but most other refugees will be admitted. Background checks and questioning will be used to determine if they do pose a threat. Next, countries that border Syria are clearly the easiest escape routes for refugees, however; borders surrounding Syria are becoming increasingly harder to cross over and are refugees are being pushed back into Syria, according to TheConversation.com. This means that refugees are being forced back into danger of Syria, from the threats of the government killing its own citizens and other citizens doing anything they can to survive including killing each other. Syrians are looking for refuge and they can’t even leave the borders of their own country. Ultimately, these refugees are trying to escape the dangers of their country and they aren’t able to because certain guidelines are being used and changed within bordering countries and countries that accept the refugees, while many are being admitted into countries, some refugees with radicalized views are be held up at the borders and sent back to Syria. As you may believe it is very hard for countries to tell who has these radicalized views and that’s why the guidelines are changing and it is tougher to get into countries for them.

Q: What makes people create a stereotypical idea that most Syrians have radicalized intentions?

Although many citizens of the United States want a world where there is no racism / stereotypical ideas, some believe that most Syrian refugees are just trying to take out America because they think they are against the idea of freedom. Many people believe that a huge portion of Syrians are terrorists, but the chance of a refugee to have radicalized view is very small. “I think that the odds of a Syrian refugee becoming a terrorist are very, very low,” states Anne Speckhard, an adjunct psychiatry professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. This means that many Syrian refugees are not radical and don’t have any intentions of performing terrorists acts, and the chance of them having those ideas are very low and takes extreme ISIS influence. Next, the rise of ISIS in the world has created a global panic. Unfortunately, the fear of terrorism is being placed on individuals fleeing from the terror of their own country / fellow citizens themselves. Hannah Grimes, author of the article, states, “The media often only reports on the negative events occurring in the Middle East, therefore priming the Western public into seeing only the terror and war.” This shows that huge media websites and tv casts only reflect on the negative things that goes on inside the middle east so people create ideas in their head that go along with the idea that ‘most Syrians are terrorists or have radicalized intentions’. Finally, a lot of refugees that are trying to escape the country and groups that are radical and are killing its own citizens but people of countries that these refugees are looking for refuge in, think that these people are bringing these radical ideas with them although it’s the radicalized views themselves that they are trying to escape.

What is causing Syrian refugees to live in poverty and how many?

Whereas some of the refugees from Syria can lead decent lives with a good income and can provide for themselves, many live below a poverty line. Many refugees in the neighboring countries of Syria can only bring certain things necessary to survival with them so they bring a very a little amount of things with them, because of this many of these refugees are poor. Up to 93% of refugees that crossed into the Jordan are living below the poverty line, states Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Reader in Human Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, UCL. This proves that the lives of refugees are extremely difficult after achieving refuge and they still can’t provide for themselves. Next, out of 14 million refugees from Syria, 6 million are still displaced within Syria’s borders, the other 6 million are dispersed in neighboring countries and in the U.S. and Europe, states amnesty.org. This means that out of 14 million refugees 6 million are still being held within Syrian borders and cannot get help and even more of these refugees that are in neighboring countries are living below poverty lines and are still not thriving from refuge. In conclusion, refugees are trying to escape the corrupt government of Syria that is killing its own people and ISIS that is killing Syrian refugees and citizens. There are as many as 14 million refugees displaced around the world, some still within Syrian borders. And this fact that many are still Syria’s border makes you wonder if there are certain sacrifices / costs to admitting refugees into the country.

Are there certain costs for helping / admitting refugees?

Although many people would think that we can just let in refugees willingly without any consequence, there are costs / sacrifices to letting refugees into countries. According to John Cassidy, writer for The New Yorker, “the wake of last Friday’s attacks on Paris, much has been written about Syrian refugees, and the (remote) possibility that isis-affiliated jihadis might slip into the United States among the ten thousand displaced people.” This quote shows that one cost is America’s safety, many people are scared of the slight possible chance of certain terrorists slipping into the U.S. among several other displaced refugees. According to The New Observer, refuge isn’t coming from the country itself but from the people that are already living here, as taxpayers will pay for asylum of these refugees. This means that these refugees will have an impact on our economy and some people don’t like the idea of spending their own worked for money on someone else, capitalism creates a greedy mindset. Finally, many of these refugees that enter the U.S. come here to seek refuge, and the countries that supply it have certain costs of admittance, for example, taxpayers help pay for refuge of these displaced persons, these refugees also have no where else to go.

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