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Perception of migration: How to balance society’s compassion and fear?

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We regularly see images of overcrowded boats sinking in the Mediterranean, improvised refugee camps and chaotic crowds of people around fences, border controls, or soup kitchens. The complicated and conflicting emotions these images provoke make us all react differently to the changing demographics of our countries and continent.

 

How can we be in line with EU law and its founding values of respect for human rights and solidarity, while not acting against the well-being of our own citizens?

How can politicians and journalists talk about migration in Europe based on facts and data? How can the EU avoid that citizens exercising their rights and acting in accordance with EU values are criminalised when assisting migrants?

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Je_Suis_Charlie
20 November 2020

Ms Jena , thanks for presenting your thoughts . but alas like all the other people who consider that reading the government media narrative is sufficient for making an point , frankly is like a great facade on lies and manipulation .

Note : i am a NON EU national ( from Asia ) and currently being a research academic in europe and have been from years reading facts , new coverage , statistics from government sources along with doing data analytics from social media and reports on topic of migration , to come to the conclusions that debunk yours and general narrative , sentence by sentence as follows :

1. "We know that People who try to escape from war or other Problems in their Country die evreyday and we still didn`t really change something ":

The fact is that changing the geopolitical situation in their countries can be done by strengthening the EU resolve to enforce his power to bring normalcy in their countries , providing expertise to the countries institutions to solve their challenges into their home turf not by keeping status quo and then allowing the people , many of them coming from countries having no general civil strife , but still going to europe in order to fullfill their desires of exploiting the "socialist paradise" of decent apartments for themselves with no actual development( stats from the EU : https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Special:Categories) . that being said I dont take an hardline approach on strictness , but focus more on screening these people


2. Nobody wants to deal with that immigrants because they think immigrants are dangerous . Additionally why should be that humans be dangerous? Because of belonging to another Nation? Or because of having another Skin colour?


Yes indeed , Illegal migrants coming from meditteranian and spanish borders are dangerous , and well esthablished by the statistics of the crime , and the recent horrific attacks in the France and Austrai solidify that. and PLEASE dont repeat this narrative of "skin color , racist " , its 2020 in europe , where people from all races and so called "skin color" are working on respectable positions in private enterprises as well as european commission , so its meritocracy and the persons adherence to follow the European way of life and culture , so NO , in 99.999% of the instances , they never experience any sort of biaseness given if you are compatible and have required permit.

and although i do say that right wing extremism ( here right wing includes both the racial as well as fundamentalists) is an utmost threat to be stopped by law enforcement . the "EU terrorist threat crime report for 202 0 " states that the attacks by the fundamentalist being infiltrated in EU and the Left wing voilence , many of these groups doing violence "on the name of nazism" have DONE 10 times more attacks , not only killing people , but also threatning the EU critical infrastructure and terrorising cities



3. We are all the same we are one humanity on one earth. So why can`t we work together and help each other? It is because too many People are selfish and don`t think about other problems and think they are dangerous or annoying or steal something, even if al These People just wants to have a safe live, just like us.


well again the same repetition . there is something called as society , which is formed based on the structure norms and the institutions . Europe , although having last 200 yrs being consumed in war and dark stains of imperialism , was still excelled in science and in quality way of life because people had freedom of choice , to express themselves and excel irrespective of biases . althogh being ruled by monarchy from the times of archemedes to end of 19th century with freund , victor frankl , einstein , marie curie etc , various centuries of evolutions of movements ( rennaisance and industrial age being the two most prominent ones ) made europe being the 2nd cradle of elightened western civilisation , whereas apart from asia , all the other places are still dont have these values in the society , not because due to lack of human or natural resources , but due to the lack of the societal values , due to the aggregration of years of religious fundamentalism , lack of institutions to teach their young generation about science and democratic principles , etc . so they ( or to categorise the majority of the opportunist immigrants ) Just not only to live safely , but also insure that their beliefs , some of them which are incompatible with europe , to be allowed to thrive , thus keeping the segregated areas in the many cities of europe , and creating the imbalance , and this is not caused due to the racism , its bacause of the high level of corruption in the social help provided to the immigrants , most of them dont complete their education ,


. And I`m sure that all the People who don`t want to help now would be the firts migrants to escape from Germany if here would be a crisis. Furthermore they would be the first ones who expect the other humans help, even if they don`t give help. Start being one humanity and give what you also want to get from others to build one great Union.


well first of all that doesnt make sense but still you want to say that in case german nationals want to flee germany , due to this civil strife after covid as well as the concerns of demographics and rising issues of alineation from their own nation , they will surely will not be welcomed in oil rich middle east , which indeed having per capita income 10 times the EU average , didnt hosted even an single camp .

So maybe also start discuss about why some European Countries open their borders for Immigrants and why other so not and want the Advantages from belong to the EU anyway even if they don`t help their Union with their Problems?


Sure i want this discussion to happen , but not based on the feelings , but facts , about how the native europeans , legal immigrants and authentic people seeking asylum from valid legal process , are feeling cheated . so


PS : and yes after investing 1 hour writing this , i got to know that my idea will be reviewed , i hope for the best that the content moderators do take freedom of views into consideration (and the fact that i am not causing any sort of bad behaviour as mentioned in the moderation guidelines ), as this is the true voice of real european populace from the eastern shores of lesbos islands to western city of calais and strifling this will not solve this issue of important significance

hope for an honest reponse on this discussion


best regards to all and thanks for the discussion and proposing the topic






Jana Gentner
29 January 2020

Immigration and Migration is a very important Topic today. We know that People who try to escape from war or other Problems in their Country die evreyday and we still didn`t really change something. Nobody wnats to deal with that immigrants because they think immigrants are dangerous. But why sholud People which escape from their Country with fear should be dangerous? Additionally why should be that humans be dangerous? Because of belonging to another Nation? Or because of having another Skin colour? I can`t understand why humans are racist against humans. We are all the same we are one humanity on one earth. So why can`t we work together and help each other? It is because too many People are selfish and don`t think about other problems and think they are dangerous or annoying or steal something, even if al These People just wants to have a safe live, just like us. And I`m sure that all the People who don`t want to help now would be the firts migrants to escape from Germany if here would be a crisis. Furthermore they would be the first ones who expect the other humans help, even if they don`t give help. Start being one humanity and give what you also want to get from others to build one great Union.
So maybe also start discuss about why some European Countries open their borders for Immigrants and why other so not and want the Advantages from belong to the EU anyway even if they don`t help their Union with their Problems?

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