The Refugee Crisis: What You Can Do To Help
11th September 2015
Over the past month it would have been impossible to avoid the news of the Refugee Crisis and even harder to not empathise. Large numbers of people have risked their lives whilst travelling to seek asylum on shores all over the world, including Europe. Many people have fled countries like Syria, Somalia and Eritrea as a matter of survival. Currently, governmental decisions are being made about how best to deal with this Humanitarian Crisis. At 20SomethingPodcast, we have come up with 5 things you can do to help.
- Know the History
There is nothing more embarrassing than tweeting or posting a status about your troublesome views toward the Crisis, only to have someone come along and argue against your point, bringing you down to zero real quick! No one wants to come across as ignorant. So the best thing would be to do a quick google search and find out why people are risking their lives and their families by travelling across oceans.
2. Make your voice heard
While the EU have talks on how best to deal with the Crisis, you can sign the UK petition ordering the UK to take in more migrants (petition.parliament.uk). You can also hold discussions and debates enlightening people about the situation and encouraging them to hold positive views and support the refugees. Germany are leading a great example by planning to accept 500,000 Syrian refugees whilst David Cameron says he will take in 20,000 over 5 years.
3.Make a donation
There are camps set up across countries such as Syria and France (Calais) supporting the refugees. Most of the support is from volunteers who could do with donations and even extra volunteering staff. Visit: donate.unhcr.org
4.Stop the stereotypes
A lot can be done to change the language surrounding the Crisis. Instead of fearing the migrants and hauling abuse, let’s get our facts right. Calling them illegal immigrants and other slurs with negative connotations attached helps no one. The British Red Cross, have a blog: blog.redcross.ord.uk sheds light on the impact of stereotypes.
5.Put yourself in their shoes
In the news recently, chemical weapons used in Syria have been evidenced. person should be entitled to live in a conflict free area as a human right, for many people this is far from the case. Imagine being in a position where helicopters fly over your home in a bid to end your life and that of your family’s. What would you do?