A week ago, Ali asked me to write about the refugees’ polemic. I don’t know if it is just me, but I don’t really know what to write about. Who should be considered as a refugee? Someone who fled from his country like Edward Snowden for political reasons? Someone who had no choice but to flee like Aylan Kurdi ? A refugee, according to the Geneva Convention of Refugees is a person who is outside their country of citizenship because they have well-founded grounds for fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and is unable to obtain sanctuary from their home country or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country; or in the case of not having a nationality and being outside their country of former habitual residence as a result of such event, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to their country of former habitual residence. Such a person may be called an “asylum seeker” until considered with the status of “refugee” by the Contracting State where they formally make a claim for sanctuary or right of asylum.
Then again, no one can exactly tell who can be considered as a refugee. Before being refugees, they are called “asylum seekers”, but what give us the right to refuse them any right of asylum? In the twentieth century, more and more refugees were accepted, many were finally “used” as workforce to be workers. Nowadays, it seems like nothing has really changed; maybe which one will be accepted: depending on his qualifications…
Plus, we need to ask ourselves why do our states call those people refugees when we’re the reason they are fleeing their homeland. Today, we see it as a political matter. But it is more than that. This is more than just realpolitik. This, my dear friends, is a human matter.
I would rather die before I let any politician speak in my name to refuse someone, a home where he can live. A home he is asking for before we destroyed his.
Boys, girls, parents, families risking their lives to get what any human deserve: how many lives have to be destroyed before we wake up?